WHATSAPP could be BANNED nationwide in a matter of weeks under the ‘Snoopers’ Charter’.
A number of popular messaging services – including WhatsApp, iMessage 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”
“My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”
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
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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.”
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.”
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