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Priti Patel's encryption war is a master key for surveillance

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24.09.2021

P­­riti Patel has put encryption in her sights. The Home Secretary has backed a campaign to prevent Facebook rolling out end-to-end encryption across its many platforms, accusing secure messaging sites of harbouring pedofiles. Patel wants a back door to privacy.

This month, the Home Office launched a new fund to combat child sexual abuse material online. An undeniably worthy cause.The fund will award five organisations up to £85,000 each to develop technologies to detect illegal material on “messaging platforms with end-to-end encryption.” The initiative is well-intended, but weakening encryption will endanger the lives of millions who need it to communicate safely.

Platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Signal, and Telegram keep messages secure using end-to-end encryption which, at its most basic level, enables text to be read only by the sender and........

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