At least for now, Apple won’t be threatening to remove FaceTime from U.K. iPhone units
The government says that it will not force encrypted messaging apps to scan for illegal and harmful content until it is “technically feasible.” Members of the House of Lords were to release a statement today revealing that its battle with tech firms over the Bill was coming to an end-for now.
The tech firms’ threats to pull certain services out of the U.K. worked as consumers were afraid that they would not be able to access iMessage and FaceTime on the iPhone, and would not be able to use popular messaging app WhatsApp which also said that it would pull its services out of the U.K. if the Online Safety Bill passed.
In a statement, the U.K. government said, “As a last resort, and only when stringent privacy safeguards have been met, [the legislation] will enable Ofcom (Office of Communications) to direct companies to either use or make best efforts to develop or source, technology to identify and remove illegal child sexual abuse content – which we know can be developed.”
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