One of the most popular social Android app, Whatsapp could face ban in UK owing to the strict new laws on social media and online messaging services. UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron is pressing ahead with new legislation which plans to stop people from sending any form of encrypted messages. Various Popular Apps like WhatsApp,Snapchat and iMessage could be banned.

If the controversial new legislation is passed in the coming weeks all three services could be BANNED in the United Kingdom. As per sources, Prime minister solely opposes any type communication without his knowledge.

“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” – David Cameron

The sad news is, Private online communications will be opened-up by the “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 to 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.

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 Big Brother Watch.

“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.” – David Cameron

However – many have slammed the law as a breach of privacy. Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also joined those speaking out against the Conservatives’ bill: “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. At the end, if you are a UK citizen better get ready for this.

Last updated on: Jul 10, 2015 @ 6:56 am
  • Binkie Wicz

    This post must have got a while to write. Good stuff.