WhatsApp faces UK ban within weeks

WHATSAPP could be BANNED nationwide in a matter of weeks under the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’.

WhatsApp could be BANNED in the UK within weeks under David Cameron’s Snoopers’ Charter plansWHATSAPP • GETTY

WhatsApp could be BANNED in the UK within weeks under David Cameron’s Snoopers’ Charter plans


Enjoy WhatsApp while you still can.Britons could see the hugely popular cross-platform app BANNED under strict new laws on social media and online messaging services.Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing ahead with new legislation that plans to stop people from sending any form of encrypted messages.

A number of popular messaging services – including WhatsAppiMessage and Snapchat – currently scramble communications between their users.

“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read? No, we must not”

David Cameron

If the controversial new legislation is passed in the coming weeks all three services could be outlawed in the United Kingdom.“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” said Prime Minister Cameron earlier this year.

“My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”


The news comes weeks after WhatsApp was named one of the worst apps for user privacy.

David Cameron has previously spoken out against encrypted and secure messaging services, like WhatsApp GETTY 

David Cameron has spoken out against encrypted messaging services, like WhatsApp


Private online communications will be opened-up by the Government’s “Snooper’s Charter” – or the Investigatory Powers Bill, to give the bill its full title – which requires internet service providers, phone companies and technology firms like Google, Apple, Facebook and WhatsApp keep a record of all of your activity.

This troubling database of information, which will include all your Google searches, your Facebook conversations, WhatsApp group messages and SnapChat videos, will be made available to the UK police and Government whenever they require.

Home Secretary Theresa May has warned the Investigatory Powers Bill could be passed this Autumn.

The recent spate of terrorist attacks – including the shooting of 30 Britons on a beach in Tunisia – has prompted the Conservative Government to act fast.

British police currently make a request to access personal metadata – texts, emails, phone calls and internet searches – once every two minutes in the UK, according to data from campaign group Big Brother Watch.

“We have always been able, on the authority of the Home Secretary, to sign a warrant and intercept a phone call, a mobile phone call or other media communications,” Mr Cameron added.


A slew of popular messaging services could be at risk, thanks to encryption of users' data GETTY

A slew of popular messaging services could be at risk, thanks to encryption of users’ data



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“But the question we must ask ourselves is whether, as technology develops, we are content to leave a safe space – a new means of communication – for terrorists to communicate with each other.”The full extent of the powers granted by the Investigatory Powers Bill remain unclear.However, many have slammed the law as a breach of privacy.

Executive director of The Open Rights Group Jim Killock said: “The Government is signalling that it wants to press ahead with increased powers of data collection and retention for the police and GCHQ – spying on everyone, whether suspected of a crime or not.

“This is the return of the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ even as the ability to collect and retain data gets less and less workable.”

Liberty – a group who campaign for civil liberties and human rights in the UK – added: “We take no issue with the use of intrusive surveillance powers per se – targeted surveillance can play an important part in preventing and detecting serious crime.

“But the current regime just doesn’t provide sufficient safeguards to ensure that such surveillance is conducted lawfully, and in a necessary and proportionate way.”

Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg blocked the 'Snoopers' Charter' during his time in power  GETTY

Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg blocked the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ during his time in power

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – who blocked the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ while he was in power – also joined those speaking out against the Conservatives’ bill.

He said: “We have every right to invade the privacy of terrorists and those we think want to do us harm, but we should not equate that with invading the privacy of every single person in the UK. They are not the same thing.

“The so-called Snoopers’ Charter is not targeted. It’s not proportionate.

“It’s not harmless. It would be a new and dramatic shift in the relationship between the state and the individual.

“People who blithely say they are happy for their communications to be open to scrutiny because they have ‘nothing to hide’ have failed to grasp something fundamental about open democratic societies: We do not make ourselves safer by making ourselves less free.”

Unite the union’s political director Jennie Formby has also argued against Mr Cameron’s online privacy crackdown.

She wrote earlier this month: “Of course, any measures that can genuinely reduce the chance of similar attacks will be supported.

“But we must also guard against giving uninhibited freedom to the security services to snoop on citizens.

“As trade union and Labour movement activists know to their cost, such powers can be grievously misused.”

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/590061/WhatsApp-UK-Ban-Weeks-Snoopers-Charter



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4 Responses to “WhatsApp faces UK ban within weeks”

  1. RabbiT says:


    Article 8 – Right to respect for private and family life
    1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

    Article 10 – Freedom of expression
    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

    In our country, do we want human rights? No we must not.

    • Gary says:

      Of course this is being quoted from ECHR. This is exactly the organisation which the current government wants to leave.

      These are the rights David Cameron wants to remove, this would leave us as only one of two or three European states who are not members and the only one to actually LEAVE it.

      Without these basic protections what further erosions of freedom can we expect?

  2. Gary says:

    Banning communication methods, the Gagging Law, FTAs and FTA Centres, the ‘Snoopers Charter’ and the increasing use of Statutory Instruments rather than Acts of Parliament.

    Our governments have been quick enough to condemn, rightly so, deeply authoritarian regimes whether fascist or communist for revoking freedom of thought, expression and communication. Now our own government is systematically removing our freedoms, ironically in the name of ‘freedom’

    We can no longer pretend to live in a free country. Senior police officers have warned that we are on our way to a Police State. Destructive legislation is now hurting the most vulnerable and giving extra rewards to the very richest. This is the most retrograde step in ‘democratic’ history.

    This current state of affairs, were it in another unfriendly country, would be called Fascism..

  3. Rohen Kapur says:

    Back to pen and paper, It may cost a bit more but letters are relatively difficult to read and reseal.

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