#Apple must stop delivering its famous iphones in Britain if a newly introduced legislation imposing a ban on entirely encrypted communication technology is ratified, Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales stated.
Mr. Wales, who is known for setting up the electronic encyclopedia 14 years ago, believes that the Investigatory Powers Bill is “stupid”. He tweeted, “I would like to see Apple refuse to sell iPhone in the UK if the government bans end-to-end encryption. Does Parliament dare be that stupid?” i phone is a product known for offering a messaging service, known as iMessage, which would probably be targeted by the provisions in the legislation outlawing “strong” fully encrypted transmission of messages between devices.
The proposed regulation, proclaimed today by Home Secretary Theresa May, would be legally requiring technology and internet organizations to disclose unencrypted communications information on demand. This tells us that technology giants, such as Microsoft Corporation, Apple, and Google would now fail to provide encryption service so sophisticated that they themselves are not capable of doing so even if asked.
Apple stated that it could not share iMessage information with the authorities even if it felt the need to do so, as it strongly encrypts its service. It has previously made the same legal argument in the U.S. In September, for instance, Apple snubbed a court judgment to share messages transferred between two iphones using iMessage, as its encryption technology did not allow it to act in this manner.
In June, an FBI officer, Michael Steinbach, swore in Congress against companies preferring encryption to national safety concerns. He stated, “Privacy, above all other things, including safety and freedom from terrorism, is not where we want to go."
The U.S. Department of Justice has claimed that the technology giant is required to decode encrypted information, as JUSTICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO DECRYPT IPHONE.
.Other organizations, such as Google, Facebook, Snapchat, and WhatsApp are also using fully encrypted messaging technology.
Ministers have already withdrawn their comments calling for the explicit ban on encrypted communications technology. British PM David Cameron stated in July that there must be no “means of communication” which “we cannot read” – which would require a ban on fully encrypted messaging technology regardless of government protests.
Nevertheless, the British government faced criticism after experts shared the view that this regulation would ban famous communication service providers, such as Snapchat, iMessage, and WhatsApp.
However, experts have suggested that if poorly implemented, the new rule would still outlaw those applications in spite of ministerial claims that it would not be doing so. The law would also require internet organizations to keep a record of browsing histories for a year, with the outcomes shared with the security officials.
Apple would lose the British i phone market provided that the newly proposed law is enacted. This would mean that one of the company’s best sellers and competitive products would disappear from UK, as 14 MILLION SWITCHED FROM ANDROID TO APPLE IPHONES.