In the wake of several high profile phone hacking scandals, personal security has become big news and even bigger business. The public is now more concerned than ever with privacy, both online and on their mobiles. That created a void that software developers were eager to fill, and a number of firms were quick to launch security conscious smartphone apps designed to protect their user’s privacy. New messaging apps were created that allowed users to encrypt, or even delete, ongoing texts and conversations. These encrypted messaging apps have been a hit with the public, but they now face a serious challenge in the form of a government ban. British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that, if reelected, he would actively pursue a UK ban on many encrypted messaging apps.
Citing national security, and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium, Cameron says he will push for a ban on any messaging app that renders the user’s data inaccessible to intelligence agencies and government officials. The Prime Minister contends that messaging apps like Snapchat, Ansa and Strings have the potential to become safe havens for terrorists, allowing them to communicate freely without fear of detection. (more…)