Apple has expressed concerns that draft legislation currently before the UK Parliament may leave its customers' personal data more vulnerable. The technology firm told a parliamentary committee last month that the so-called Snoopers' Charter, which places IT and communications companies under a duty to assist security agencies worldwide and requires them to hold onto communications records, could prevent it from using robust encryption on its messaging service.

Apple also highlighted the territorial scope of the draft bill, which it fears amounts to a legal requirement to help security agencies hack into its own devices regardless of which country the device is in. This could lead to situations where companies are caught between conflicting legal duties where a UK warrant overlaps with a regulatory regime in the host state.