WhatsApp’s director, Will Cathcart, said that if a new bill is passed that forces the app to lower encryption standards, the app could leave the UK as it would violate users’ online privacy.
Emphasizing that this could change the dynamics not only in the country, but all over the world, Cathcart added Signal to WhatsApp’s statements after the head of the application, Meredith Whittaker, said that the platform aims to provide a truly private environment.
“For example, we were blocked in Iran. But we’ve never seen a liberal democracy do that. The truth is, our users around the world want security. 98 percent of our users are outside the UK”, Cathcart explained to the British media.
According to the manager, the security reduction will affect 98 percent of its users around the world.
The initiative aims to provide a simple framework for legal compliance in the UK and eliminate the bureaucracy of processing personal data without the owner’s knowledge.
According to the UK government, this new law could save the economy £4.7bn over the next 10 years as adjustments to data protection standards will allow businesses to extract more value from data.
One of the changes that the project will have is the implementation of messaging applications. Remove end-to-end encryption. It’s something companies advocate for the safety of their users.
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