UK Government Spies on Your Browser History, Now it Wants Your WhatsApp

Surprise, surprise. After the events that transpired in London last week, the UK Government are considering whether to crack open WhatsApp encrypted personal data for spying purposes.

Photo credits: original image: Matthew Kane; photo composition: Burn the Night.

Photo credits: original image: Matthew Kane; photo composition: Burn the Night.

Little by little, it seems that the Conservative government are hell bent on obtaining ALL of your personal data, with or without your consent.

First, the Government imposed new legislation that allows a designated authority to collect and store a year's worth of your browsing history, dubbed the Snoopers Charter. Then, they created a means to restrict what porn you had access to with the highly debated and controversial DEB2 coming into effect as of June next year... now this. 

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd wishes to allow police forces and other 'authorised agencies' to access decrypted WhatsApp messages by right of warrant. However, as noted in the FBI / Apple case last year, it's all too obvious to techies and app developers the risks involved with creating a backdoor to encrypted data. 

With all the cyber hacking and data leaks alleged by the US Government as well as by many major firms and other institutions across the world, the last thing the public wants to hear is that more apps will be compromised, when it's already apparent that their personal information could be stolen by hackers.

Several news publications have covered the ease of cyber hacking once you create an accessible means to do so, but what about the humanistic side to the issue? The right to privacy. 

Far too often, Governments across the globe are overexerting their right to access personal data for the 'protection and security' of a nation. More often then not, it is simply a stratagem to monitor the general public further with the ever-present 'fear of terrorism' providing the perfect excuse. 

Ex-Cyber Security Chief, Major General John Shaw discusses how those operating in these circles will simply use other, more secure means. Moreover, that this is simply an opportunistic ploy by the Government to grab more spying powers, as the Independent reports.

Those residing within the UK must take a stance against such policies, as failure to do so may result in more socially-oppressive legislature being created and enforced. Holding a country at ransom by means of obtaining and storing hordes of personal data is the kind of policy you would expect in an Orwellian police state. Whilst elements of this are already in play, the Government are making the dystopian nightmare even more of a reality by the year. 2017 marks an unprecedented climb towards such future; with the aforementioned policies coming into effect, significant cuts to the health and welfare sectors, lack of industry, economic uncertainty and Brexit being triggered as of tomorrow; these policies only add to already bleak, imminent future for Britain.

It is essential more now than ever, that those opposing these measures including MPs, professional bodies, experts as well as the general public come together to make their objections known.

After all, for reason it seems to be a little known fact the future is in the hands of the collective and not in any one individual or a chamber of elitist 'know it alls' who are far removed from the social impacts of their decisions.


Written by Brenda Adiyiah for Burn the Night