UK Prime Minister says encrypted messaging apps without backdoor access will be banned

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When it comes to the encryption of mobile devices, Apple and many other companies have found themselves under the spotlight of the United States government. Now, that light has been turned on by the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister as well.

Recently, and in light of recent terror events in Paris, France, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has come forward and said, matter-of-factly, that if the government is not provided backdoor access to encrypted messaging services, or chat apps, that they will just simply be banned from the country altogether. This doesn’t just include apps like SnapChat, WhatsApp or others, but also would systematically include Apple’s own iMessage service:

Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?” Cameron said Monday while campaigning, in reference to apps such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, and other encrypted services. “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.’

This focus on encryption for these types of services on mobile devices is part of the current Prime Minister David Cameron’s re-election process, and considering the presence that security has, on both ends of the spectrum, it will certainly be interesting to see what happens.

In the United States, encryption has been one of the main talking points for many figureheads within the government system, including the director of the FBI, with a New York District Attorney raising concerns regarding the encryption of mobile devices as well. On the other side of the coin, a U.S. Senator has introduced a bill that would outright prevent the spying on devices by the U.S. government.

[via Ars Technica]