UK Cops Want A Way To Avoid Copy Protection Scheme
from the oh-sure,-they-get-to-download-for-free... dept
It’s no secret that both Microsoft and Intel have been working on building copy protection technology deeper into their operating system and chips, respectively. It’s not entirely clear why they feel that they should take away functionality from their end users in favor of the entertainment industry, but that’s their choice. However, it appears that Microsoft’s constantly name changing copy protection for Windows Vista has at least one group worried: authorities in the UK. Kenny in Boston writes in to point out that UK officials are worried that the “Trusted Platform Module” will make police work more difficult, since they won’t be able to easily rummage through suspects’ computers. Of course, rather than fighting it directly, they’re simply negotiating with Microsoft to make sure there’s a backdoor for the police. What they don’t seem to realize is that, if there’s a backdoor for the police, it’s quite likely that others will figure it out pretty quickly as well, mostly rendering any copy protection system (once again) useless as copy protection, but quite effective as a customer annoyance.