Apr 19, 2021

Priti Patel: Facebook encryption plan ‘must not not hamper child protection’

Facebook's plans to roll out encryption across its messaging services could jeopardise ongoing work to combat child abuse, the Home Secretary is to warn. Such encryption means only the sender and recipient can read messages. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which invited Ms Patel to speak, has claimed that private messaging "Is the frontline of child sexual abuse". End-to-end encryption guarantees privacy by making sure only the sender or recipient can read the messages. Currently, only one of Facebook's major messaging platforms - WhatsApp - uses end-to-end encryption by default.

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