WhatsApp may stop working in the UK due to new law
The law would break WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, which is against the company’s policies.
WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart said the company will not comply with the internet security law, which would lead to the disabling of end-to-end encryption (E2EE). About it reported publication “The Guardian”, referring to the statements of Will Cathcart.
According to Cathcart, if the law is passed, it will be easier for WhatsApp to stop working in the UK than to comply with these rules. Cathcart called the document the most important piece of legislation currently being debated in the West.
“All of our users want security – 98% of our users are outside the UK and they don’t want us to weaken the encryption. It would be a strange decision for us to agree to these conditions,” said Will Cathcart.
The Internet Safety Bill is expected to return to the UK Parliament this summer. If adopted, digital platforms will be required to scan users’ communications in order to identify and remove illegal material.
In July 2022 UK amended its Internet Safety Bill requiring UK and foreign tech companies to develop software that can decode E2EE messages to detect CSEA (sexual exploitation and child abuse) material and report it to the authorities – otherwise they face fines ($25 million or 10% of annual income) .