Could encrypted apps be banned from the UK?
With the tragic events in Paris last week still fresh in everyone’s mind, people are concerned about national security and this is something which has been addressed recently by David Cameron, who recently claimed to stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by security services.
Although this may sound like a move in the right direction, the action could see such popular communications apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat be banned as they choose to keep their services encrypted and unable to be read by authorities. Apple could also face conflict as their popular iMessage and FaceTime features also encrypt their data.
Whatsapp decided to encrypt their messages in the latter stages of 2014, which was at the time heavily criticised by the government as they claimed it would promote a rise in the threat of terrorist and extremist communication.
It is unlikely that the law will be passed even if David Cameron wins the next election, however if it is pursued expect heavy opposition from various civil liberties groups and not to mention some of the largest technology organisations in the world – Apple and Facebook.