WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat could be BANNED if new controversial bill is passed

The popular messaging service Whatsapp could be BANNED in the UK if the controversial law is passed.

Because online messaging services like WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat encrypt the communication between users they fall under the crosshairs of the bill.

Called the Investigatory Powers Bill, the 'Snooper's Charter' would require big technology companies like Facebook, Google and Apple to keep records of the messages sent between users.

If passed into law, the bill would require communications data to be stored for a year.

In practice, this would mean every tweet, email, Facebook message or flirty Snapchat sext would be kept on file for cops to peruse at their leisure.

"In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” said prime minister David Cameron back in January

"My answer to that question is no we must not. If I am prime minister, I will make sure it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that makes sure we do not allow terrorist safe spaces to communicate with each other," he explained.

Plenty of groups have voiced their opposition to the bill.

The Open Rights Group said that "inserting the Snoopers' Charter into an already complicated bill is an abuse of procedure".

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