Because apparently we all haven’t suffered enough what with the government’s latest announcements, WhatsApp and Snapchat are now under threat thanks to a new law on surveillance.
Conservatives are aiming to push through legislation, nicknamed the Snooper’s Charter, which will effectively ban some of our favourite apps due to the fact that they are classed as encrypted messaging services.
David Cameron and co. are pushing hard for the law to pass, as the government want tech companies to store ANY communication between all of its users for up to a YEAR.
Earlier this year, the Prime Minister explained why he thinks the legislation is important, saying: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?”
“My answer to that question is no we must not. If I am prime minister, I will make sure it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that makes sure we do not allow terrorists safe spaces to communicate with each other.”
If the law passes (which it could do as early as 2016), that means there would be records of all our Snapchat, WhatsApp conversations, iMessages and even Google searches – which is just a little bit terrifying.
Back when there was a coalition in place, the Lib Dems blocked this law from being able to pass, with Nick Clegg saying that the government shouldn’t compare ‘invading the privacy of terrorists to invading the privacy of every single person in the UK’.