British PM Looking To Ban Encrypting Messaging Apps To Stop Terrorism
Information Technology is in full flow nowadays and those of you who attended the Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2015, must have seen some amazing gadgets that are changing the course of the future. Apart from gadgets, social media networks are quite popular among the societies these days as well, as we see the use of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, SnapChat, and a bunch of other platforms by a large sum of population.
Although these social networking platforms have allowed people to stay in contact with each other without too much of a problem, there could be some people who might be using these platforms for achieving their terrorism plans.
At least, that’s what the prime minister of United Kingdom, David Cameron thinks. He wants these social networking platforms to provide as much information as they can to Britain’s Intelligence service, so that the culprits behind the threats can be caught before they go through with the attack.
To make sure that every social networking platform complies with this, James Cameron stated that the government will seek to ban the encrypting messaging apps if BI is not given access to the detailed information that they desire. In the event that took place today, Mr. Cameron seemed quite firm on getting the desired information and banning the encrypting messaging apps.
“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.’” Mr. Cameron said.
He continued on to talk about the recent attack in Paris, as he stated that the government wants the information, so that these kinds of attacks could be avoided beforehand.
“The attacks in Paris demonstrated the scale of the threat that we face and the need to have robust powers through our intelligence and security agencies in order to keep our people safe,” he added.
During Cameron’s election campaign, he assured the people that if he got elected, he will ban the encrypting messaging apps, so that the terrorism in the country can be stopped and threats can be handled. He seems to be living up to his promises, but there’s still a long way to go, as no official announcement has been made regarding this by the developers of these social networking platforms.
This is all we have to share about this at the moment, but we will keep you updated as we get more information on the situation. Do you think getting people’s information will allow secret agencies to stop the attacks altogether? Share your opinion with us in the comments below!
Source: The New York Times