New UK law would give government access to encrypted Internet messaging apps

The new Investigatory Powers Bill, announced in yesterday's Queen's Speech, will include legislation to force Internet companies to give access to encrypted conversations of suspected terrorists and criminals. According to The Telegraph: "New laws will require WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, Snapchat and other popular apps to hand messages sent by their users to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ about suspects under investigation."

Country: UK

Domains: Privacy IG

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: technology, apps, Investigatory Powers Bill, intelligence agencies, encryption, UK, surveillance, privacy, Internet, data protection

Posted on Wednesday 1 July 2015

Previous item: « WiFi tracking and the ePrivacy Directive in Denmark Next item: The issues surrounding IANA trademarks »