Following he attacks in Paris on Charlie Hebdo, David Cameron proposed the creation an anti-terror law for the internet that would potentially force a ban on encryption in messages.
The PM’s comments came after it was alleged that at least one gunman, in a separate but related incident, contacted others to activate additional terrorist sleeper cells.
By putting messaging apps like Snapchat and WhatsApp in the frame, Cameron pledged to eliminate “safe space” for terrorists to communicate and called for a strengthening of intelligence agencies’ ability to monitor the internet’s “dark places,” according to The Guardian.
The PM’s remarks were roundly criticized by privacy advocates and his opponents, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg noting in a speech the “irony” of Cameron supporting free speech at a Paris rally on Sunday before appearing to squash it on Monday.
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