The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, January 13

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Britain’s Prime Minister says chat apps should be banned if they can’t be spied on

With tensions particularly high over the terror threat in Europe, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he will work to ban encrypted messaging services such as SnapChat and WhatsApp if intelligence services can’t get easy access to communications on those channels.

Can immunity get U.S. businesses on the side of a data breach law?

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama will announce a plan to protect businesses from liability if they share data breach information with the government. And as expected, he previewed new legislation on Monday that targets consumers’ concerns about data privacy. All these initiatives will be part of the State of the Union address on Jan. 20.

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