One of the great things about iMessage and Facetime is that it encrypts your messages automatically, making it very, very difficult for hackers to spy on the messages you send.
But guess what? If UK Prime Minister David Cameron gets his way, iMessage and Facetime encryption might soon be a thing of the past.
The Independent reports that Cameron says that if he wins the next election and is re-elected Prime Minister, part of his plan is to make it illegal for anyone to send encrypted messages.
The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.
Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram.
These moves are being made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.
This won’t happen. Too many obstacles will have to be overcome to enable this – Mr. Cameron is offering a faint election promise in light of recent events to appear proactive – something he is arguably not the best at.