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Britain wants to ban secure messaging because of terrorists

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 13 Jan 2015 12:00 User comments (3)

Britain wants to ban secure messaging because of terrorists As Je suis Charlie has become the trending topic around the internet politicians are pressured to make decisions on new anti-terrorists acts.
In the United Kingdom the Prime Minister David Cameron is calling out for a backdoor to all secure messaging or else ban it.

According to Engadged the UK Prime Minister doesn't want terrorists to have means for private messaging without the possibility of government intervention.

The conservative party leader wants a new legislation in effect in 2016 as the Draft Communications Data Bill will be terminated. Known as the Snooper's Charter the bill requires companies to retain certain information of their users' communication.

This would first mean that the party would have to win this year's election and gain huge amount of traction for such a radical act.

The ban of such services would mean Whatsapp, Snapchat and the likes would be considered illegal – not to mention other encrypted data services – unless the special access is created.

It is highly unlikely the companies behind that messaging platforms would remove the encryption to the extent that it would become insecure.

Not totally out of question is the removal of the software from the local app store, which would not help the cause Cameron is after.

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3 user comments

114.1.2015 2:00

Fun exercise, for whenever this sort of article comes up:
Replace every instance of "terrorism" and "terrorists" with "privacy," and every instance of "terrorist" with "private."

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 14 Jan 2015 @ 2:02


215.1.2015 10:27

Umm....tough shit France!!!!!!......employing the innovation of encrypting messages is a freedom......the very freedom you're trying to protect. French hypocrites!

316.1.2015 15:57

I feel safer already.....

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