Google, Apple and Facebook will be required to hand over encrypted messages from suspects, The Telegraph says, via a new Investigatory Powers Bill. According to the new law intelligence agencies including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ will be able to obtain a warrant from the Home Secretary that will force an Internet company to “break down its encryption protection” for a suspect’s communication.

If asked, services including WhatsApp, Snapchat and others will have to share messages sent and received by a suspect, regardless of what privacy-enhancing features they might have in place, such as chat or call encryption.

One user from reddit figured out that Google and WhatsApp need to enable end-to-end encryption “sooner rather than later” to prevent anyone from snooping on chats. Google has recently confirmed that Hangouts doesn’t have end-to-end encryption, meaning the company would be able to decrypt messages.

But as for as the The Telegraph does mention Apple as one of the companies that will have to decrypt communications under the new law, likely referring to its iMessage and FaceTime apps, but these services are already protected by end-to-end encryption, so Apple wouldn’t actually be able to do it.

via : The Telegraph