First it was Porn, and now WhatsApp and iMessage are to be the next casualties of our increasingly freedom-eroding government.
In predictably Conservative fashion, David Cameron and his cronies are looking to ban these apps in the name of ‘anti-terror laws’, if of course, they win May’s upcoming general election. The reason why both WhatsApp and iMessage apps have been targeted, is because both WhatsApp and Apple have admirably refused to relinquish their users’ privacy.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, David Cameron gave a rousing speech, preying on people’s fear – in the hope that people will willingly give up their privacy. During his address he asked the public: “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which […] we cannot read?”
Yes David, as a matter of fact, we do actually. We would like to live in a world where our every word isn’t monitored and scrutinised by our own government.
This chilling sentence came as part of a speech where Cameron promises to bring back the “snoopers’ charter” in order to allow security services to spy on all internet communications.
In Februrary 2011, David Cameron was singing a very different tune, describing the internet as: “a powerful tool in the hands of citizens, not a means of repression. It belongs to the people who’ve had enough of corruption, of having to make do with what they’re given, of having to settle for second best”.
“Our interests lie in upholding our values,” he continued, “in insisting on the right to peaceful protest, in freedom of speech and the internet, in freedom of assembly and the rule of law”.
It looks like times have changed – and those freedoms are no longer important to Mr Cameron or our government.