WhatsApp Messenger, Other Encrypted Communication Apps Getting Banned in the UK?

While apps like WhatsApp and Threema are popular for keeping conversations private, this could also result in them getting banned in the UK, according to reports flying all over the internet, reports that as of yet do not hold any kind of proof.

As reported by HuffPost UK, there’s no evidence that a ban is coming, at least not in the near term. Of course, there are things like the “Snooper’s Charter to consider as well as some statements by UK PM David Cameron that could hint at such a scenario taking place in the future.

“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’,” said the PM in one instance.

However, as HuffPost UK’s Dr Andres Guadamuz notes, “The problem is that as of today, there is no actual proposal from the government that says that encrypted tools and apps will be outlawed, banned, restricted, regulated, or subjected to licensing. We have at the moment some official documents that are exploring the creation of the Snooper’s Charter, particularly the Anderson Report and a special report for the Intelligence and Security Committee in Parliament.”

What do you think? Will the UK ban WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging apps?

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  • tom

    If they do get banned, it’s another example of government overreach. These people need to back off our personal lives.

  • dolimagnus

    How could anyone prevent me from using Threema (once it’s installed on my device)? I won’t chat with another app.