An alleged U.K. government draft paper was leaked to civil liberties organization Open Rights Group, BBC News reports. The draft technical paper, reportedly prepared by the government, encourages "live" surveillance of communications of British internet users. One clause in the paper calls on telecommunications companies to provide "data in near real time" within 24 hours, while the paper also suggests that tech companies be required to remove or provide back doors into encrypted communications. According to the BBC, a consultation about the draft technical paper is allegedly in the works and due May 19. The paper also indicates the regulations have been sent to the U.K.'s Technical Advisory Board. A BT spokesman said the company has received "a copy of draft regulations, to be made under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, in relation to technical capability notices," the report states.
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