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Apple could remove iMessage, FaceTime in the UK due to these proposals – UnlistedNews

Apple has strongly opposed a move by the British Parliament to amend a law that would allow the government to order messaging services to weaken the encryption that protects their users. The Cupertino company said it will not compromise the end-to-end encryption it offers its iMessage users for one country. UK lawmakers are seeking to weaken encryption for messaging services in a bid to catch criminals, as part of proposed amendments to an existing law.

The Online Safety Bill, containing proposed amendments to the Investigative Powers Act (IPA) 2016, has reached the UK Parliament for consideration and the government has launched a consultation process that will take eight weeks to complete. One of the proposed amendments will involve requiring services like iMessage and Signal to install technology that will monitor child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their platforms.

Apple filed a detailed nine-page memo arguing that this UK government lawsuit would violate the privacy promise it gives its users, according to a bbc report.

The proposed changes include backdoors into encrypted messaging apps, as well as asking companies to disclose details about new security features they might be planning to implement on their respective platforms. It is worth noting that creating a backdoor for law enforcement or other forms of lawful interception would also create vulnerabilities that could be misused by hackers and cybercriminals.

Apple has also said that it was not willing to weaken its security measures for users globally, specifically for one country.

The iPhone maker has threatened to remove support for iMessage and FaceTime in the UK if the government goes ahead with proposed changes to the IPA Act.

Meredith Whittaker, president of the Signal messaging app, was quick to retweet the BBC’s report on the issue, applauding Apple’s tough stance against the UK government’s demands.

Earlier, Whittaker also reacted in a similar way, stating that Signal would prefer to move away from the UK and then accept the proposed changes.

Meta-owned WhatsApp has also opposed a UK request to allow officials to eavesdrop on WhatsApp users’ conversations that are currently protected by end-to-end encryption.

The UK government’s eight-week consultation process will take industry views into account. The Home Office responded to the BBC stating that the IPA Act was created to protect the public from “criminals, child sexual abusers and terrorists” and that “no decisions have been made yet” referring to the consultation that is part of the review process.


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