UK gives WhatsApp another spanking over e2e crypto

Oct 5, 2017 · techcrunch.com

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The UK government has once again bared its anti-technology teeth in public, leaning especially heavily on messaging platform WhatsApp for its use of end-to-end encryption security tech, and calling it out for enabling criminals to communicate in secret.

Reuters reported yesterday that UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd had called out end-to-end encryption services "like WhatsApp", claiming they are being used by paedophiles and other criminals and pressurizing the companies to stop enabling such people from operating outside the law.

"I do not accept it is right that companies should allow them and other criminals to operate beyond the reach of law enforcement. We must require the industry to move faster and more aggressively. They have the resources and there must be greater urgency," Rudd reportedly added.

Earlier this week she also admitted she doesn’t really understand e2e encryption.

Asked about her understanding of the technology at the Conservative Party conference, Rudd came out with this gem: "I don’t need to understand how encryption works to understand how it’s helping the criminals. I will engage with the security services to find the best way to combat that."

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