UK Using Terror Attack To Pry Its Way Into Citizens’ Cell Phones

Monday, March 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

Tech and Law Reporter

The British government is set to meet with representatives of American technology companies Thursday over renewed concerns of encrypted communications after the London terrorist allegedly used WhatsApp minutes before the attack.

Encryption is the process of transforming data into complex codes to automatically lock the information and essentially obstruct unauthorized access. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, is one of the premier messaging platforms that employs encryption capabilities.

Amber Rudd, Britain’s home secretary, said Sunday that the intelligence agencies in the country should have access to messages on WhatsApp even if they are encrypted because evildoers use the technology to conceal their communications, particularly the logistics and planning of terrorist operations.

“I am going to appeal to making sure that they realize that these terrorists are using their websites for their gain and I believe we can get them to set up an industry board [to proactively and aggressively deal with the problem],” Rudd said on Sky News. “But I am not going to stop at that … I believe that they are more likely to have the answers, they’re the ones who put together the platforms, they’re the ones who have a lot of expertise in-house. I’d like them to come up with the solutions because this is a national problem and a global problem. They should be part of the solution.”

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