With the growing threat from extremists, the government could be forced to implement new laws on social media and messaging services.
The plans would allow security services to easily access encrypted app data in an effort help intercept suspected threats.
At an event yesterday, Tory MP Henry Bellingham asked David Cameron whether the shocking attacks in Tunisia meant it was time “companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?”
Mr Cameron agreed, adding that security services should always be able to “get to the bottom” of online communications.
“We have always been able, on the authority of the home secretary, to sign a warrant and intercept a phone call, a mobile phone call or other media communications,
“But the question we must ask ourselves is whether, as technology develops, we are content to leave a safe space – a new means of communication – for terrorists to communicate with each other.”
The prime minister was quick to add that the government doesn’t want to spy on the general public, saying: “Britain is not a state that is trying to search through everybody’s emails and invade their privacy,”
However, many have been critical of the government’s plans to introduce new laws andsome have even suggested services like WhatsApp should be banned in the UK.
This is due to the encryption used by many online messaging services, including WhatsApp and FaceBook.
Unite political director Jennie Formby wrote yesterday. “Of course, any measures that can genuinely reduce the chance of similar attacks will be supported,”
“But we must also guard against giving uninhibited freedom to the security services to snoop on citizens.
“As trade union and Labour movement activists know to their cost, such powers can be grievously misused.”
The controversial bill nicknamed the ‘snoopers’ charter’ could come into place as soon as this autumn and could change the face of social media in Britain.