Whatsapp, Snapchat and iMessage Could be Banned in UK Under New Surveillance Plans


Mobile messaging apps like Whatsapp, Snapchat, etc. may be banned in the UK if Prime Minister David Cameron wins the next election. The move is a part of new surveillance plans proposed in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

According to a report published by The Independent, the Prime Minister said, he will stop the use of communication, such as Whatsapp, Snapchat, etc. that cannot be read by the security forces even if they have a warrant.

As per the above mentioned report, quoting the Prime Minister, “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which…we cannot read?”

The move will in all probability again raise the debate of net neutrality and the freedom of the citizens to choose their means of communication. Although cyber crimes are on a rise, and social forums play a key role in solving different types of criminal cases, putting a ban on communication channels might not be the solution.

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