The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has today revealed plans to ban encrypted messaging apps that stop the government from tracking peoples conversations.
These apps include services like iMessage, WhatsApp, Snapchat and many many more services. The government would be looking to ban all of these encrypted messaging applications if the British Intelligence services are not given access to the data they hold.
“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.’ ”
This announcement comes after a recent slurry of terrorist attacks in France. The UK Prime Minister said that it is his first duty to protect the UK from attack like this as his reasoning.
As of yet no confirmation has been revealed for any new laws, however if they were to be passed it likely wouldn’t happen till 2016.
It will certainly be interesting to see how many applications might participate in the giving of data, and how many will stick to their guns.