iMessages, WhatsApp and others might be in some UK trouble
“Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read? My answer to that question is: No, we must not,” asked David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain.
Cameron was making reference to WhatsApp and other social networking platforms whereby messages are encrypted upon sending and passing through network servers and decrypted when they reach the client reader’s device. These kind of apps make it possible for government to check on users’ messages when they want, the PM explained.
WhatsApp isn’t the only social network using this type of technology. In fact, most app developers are turning to encryption for transmission of client information over servers. SnapChat, Apple iMessage (used on iPhones), FaceTime are some of the big names guilty of this.
If the UK government succeeds in stopping encryption of these messages (it probably won’t), users will likely face a lot of privacy breaching and abuse by government organizations in the country.
We’ll keep you updated on the issue.