The British Prime Minister, David Cameron is looking to ban encrypted messaging apps which would include popular applications like Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp, Snapchat any many more applications.
David Cameron has announced that he is looking to ban encrypted messaging applications if the British intelligence services are not given access to the apps.
“Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?” Mr. Cameron said at an event on Monday, in reference to services like WhatsApp, Snapchat and other encrypted online applications. “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.’ ”
The announcement comes after the recent terrorist attacks in France, and the UK Prime Minister has said that his first duty is to protect the UK from terrorist attacks.
If these new laws come into force then this would not happen until 20165, although it is not clear on how the UK government could stop people from using encrypted applications.
Many of the apps available at the moment like iMessage, WhatsApp and Snapchat are encrypted to protect peoples privacy, whether these new laws will actually come into force in the UK remains to be seen.