The recent attacks in Paris have not only shaken France into taking action against terrorism, they have also led other nations to review and improve their own security measures to avoid any future incidents.
In the aftermath of the Paris shootings, British Prime Minister David Cameron decided to introduce new plans to protect his country from any potential acts of terror.
Making a campaign speech in Nottingham, Cameron talked about a legal framework that enables government agencies to intercept the communication between terrorists.
To safeguard the country from Paris-like attacks, Cameron announced a revival of "Snooper’s Charter," monitoring legislation that is currently blocked by the Liberal Democrats, provided he wins this year’s general elections.
If the law is restored, intelligence services would have access to the content of all phone calls and instant messages.
This would also mean that messaging services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat among others would be blocked all over U.K. since they cannot be decrypted.
“Are we going to allow a means of communications which simply isn’t possible to read?” asked Cameron during the speech. “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not.’”
He said that encrypted communications tools, letters and phone conversations can be read by security services in extreme situations, although it requires a signed warrant from the home secretary.
“It is important in the future that we make sure we can get this data when people are using more modern forms of communication that are being made possible through the Internet,” he said.
Cameron’s speech ignited a debate regarding civil rights and privacy laws among masses and officials. Privacy groups have also criticized the initiative, calling it an attempt to limit consumer privacy in the name of security.