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The Yahoo company last week reported that it will warn users about suspicions of shadowing from government services. Twitter, Facebook and Google made it earlier. This initiative is not pleasant to the authorities of Great Britain: they consider the bill under which the head of the company warning about shadowing from the British agencies can go to prison for two years.

Example of the notification from Facebook on the account

The authorities of Great Britain threaten with criminal liability to technology firms which report users about requests for an information access from such organizations as MI5, MI6 and the Center of government communication (GCHQ).
The policy of Twitter assumes the notification of users on access to their information if judicially the company do not force to arrive differently. The bill will make these actions of a social network illegal. The subject will force provider of communication service not to notify the new law on request for its information if in request other is obviously not told. Facebook began to warn users about the attacks sponsored by the governments in October, 2015.

The companies will have to store data, including the visited websites, within twelve months. They will be available to government agencies without any restrictions. This bill is intended for fight against terrorism, however monitoring of users at this level is already prohibited in the USA, Canada and a number of the European countries.

The bill will allow the authorities of Great Britain "to ask" the companies to weaken enciphering of messengers like WhatsApp and iMessage to give to intelligence agencies the chance to monitor correspondence. Apple spoke against this initiative: "We believe what incorrectly will weaken safety for hundreds of millions of law-abiding clients only to weaken safety for those few people who pose threat". Apple and Microsoft do not want to issue correspondence of users to civil services.

The bill of the British authorities is contrary to a solution of the UN according to which enciphering and anonymity on the Internet it is ranked as human rights.

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