David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.
The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.
Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram.
Part of Cameron’s speech has been posted on YouTube.
I am so enraged by our government I may even have to campaign against it this election. Shameful. But damn, doorstepping sounds tedious.
Ban encrypted communications and you’ll make the country a veritable gold mine for criminals; it might stop law-abiding citizens, but criminals don’t care about laws and they’ll be absolutely delighted at the opportunity to watch everyone’s communications freely. I certainly am glad I do not live there.