Britain jumps at the opportunity to use terror attacks in France to justify more spying on everybody
|David Cameron wants the UK under "total" surveillance.|
By Zach Miners
The U.K. may ban online messaging services that offer encryption such as WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage, under surveillance plans laid out by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Services that allow people to communicate without providing access to their messages pose a serious challenge to law enforcement efforts to combat terrorism and other crimes, Cameron said Monday.
He didn't name specific apps, but suggested those with encryption would not jive with new surveillance legislation he's looking to enact if he gets re-elected this year. Such apps include WhatsApp, iMessage, Google Hangouts, Microsoft's Skype, CryptoCat, and more.
"In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which, even in extremists ... that we cannot read?" Cameron said, adding later, "No, we must not."
"The first duty of any government is to keep our country and our people safe," he said.