License to Snoop: British Officials Whinge About Microsoft Vista

Officials in the UK are whining about how hard it will be to snoop on people with the upcoming Microsoft Vista, slated to be released this December. Ross Anderson, an academic type from the University of Cambridge, told members of Parliament that Vista s data encryption would make it difficult to pry into the personal lives of its users.

British officials are said to be in talks with Microsoft on ways of finding or creating a backdoor so that the government can have access to the contents of the hard drives of its constituents. Here's hoping Big Brother will need special permission before doing such things, and that our own Department of Homeland Security doesn't catch wind of this.

UK holds Microsoft security talks [BBC News]