Date Published: 26th May 2017

The UK government are looking to enforce a new crackdown on encrypted messaging apps after the horrific attack on Manchester earlier in the week.

The Prime Minister has warned that governments need to be tougher on tech companies in regards to growing fears of terror threats. These new powers, also known as Technical Capability Notices, will need to be signed and approved after the general election.

Having these new orders in place would allow the police and MI5 to request that technology companies such as Whatsapp remove encryption from messages sent by suspects, giving them the opportunity to potentially spy on 6,000 people at any given time. Therefore, increasing our safety by tackling any suspected criminal activity.

Social media giants have argued, however, that building a backdoor into their platforms could actually help empower criminals and terrorists.




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