Possible WhatsApp ban in the UK considered, alongside iMessage, Snapchat and other encrypted chat apps
UK Prime Minister David Cameron could move to block encrypted chat apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, or Snapchat, if he wins the next elections. Basically, all apps that offer “methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant” could be affected.
The intention for the ban comes shortly after the tragic events that happened in Paris, and are part of Cameron’s plans for new surveillance powers. UK legislation already allows access to communications data through fixed or mobile phones, letters, etc. — with a proper warrant — “but it is important in the future that we make sure we can get this data where people are using the more modern forms of communication that are being made possible through the internet”, said Cameron.
The main question raised by Cameron was: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which, even in extremis, with a signed warrant from the Home Secretary personally, that we cannot read?”. He also gives the answer clearly: “No, we must not!”
You can read more at the source link below, where you can also see a short video of David Cameron talk about the matter.
Source: The Independent