Sep 20, 2023

Government row with Facebook over private messages

Facebook's owner Meta has hit back at a new government campaign strongly critical of its plans to encrypt messages. Protecting messages with end-to-end-encryption would mean that they could only be read by sender and recipient. All these platforms have criticised measures in the recently passed Online Safety Bill that might undermine the privacy of encrypted messages. Powers in the Online Safety Bill which was passed on Tuesday enable the regulator Ofcom to compel companies to deploy approved technology that would enable them to identify child sexual abuse material in encrypted messages. Government experts say there is technology available which would allow end-to-end encryption to take place, whilst still alerting authorities to child sexual exploitation.

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