It’s official: All Major Social Networks Must Share Chats with GCHQ

GCHQEver since rumours and associated reports came of social networking sites being forced to share the chat communications with government and security agencies, there has been a lot of disappointment from users who saw it as a threat to their privacy. Though chat records are usually encrypted, law enforcement agencies have asked prominent networks like Google Talk, Facebook etc to sometime share details and chat history.

Now GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) of UK has officially announced the planning of a law that requires all social networks and chat communication platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat etc to hand over the chat details to them when required. It’s worried that this new law might soon also be formulated by countries across the globe, as communication between terrorist and illegal elements is also carried out through social networking sites and chat platforms.

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