Jimmy Wales: Apple should stop selling iPhones in UK if Parliament passes "stupid" law

"Jimmy Wales September 2015" by cellanr - . Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

"Jimmy Wales September 2015" by cellanr - . Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons

Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales can be rather outspoken at times when it comes to the subject of personal privacy, and his latest public statement is classic. Wales tweeted his distaste for the Investigatory Powers Bill introduced in Parliament today, which would completely ban the type of end-to-end encryption that Apple builds into the iPhone, iMessage, and FaceTime. The Independent reported on Wales' tweet (embedded below).

The bill would basically require all technology and Internet companies to give the UK government any data it requests. The proposal was originally set up to ban all encrypted communication until someone pointed out to the ministers of Parliament that Internet banking and online shopping would become illegal. 

Similar moves by the US government are not entirely out of the question, with the US Department of Justice and FBI upset with the fact that Apple seems to be swaying public opinion on the subject. The company has lobbied the White House to reject any similar proposals in the US.