Home Secretary: Message apps must not be “secret place” for terrorists

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-4352186/Message-apps-not-secret-place-terrorists–Home-Secretary.html

Two men remain in custody over the Westminster attack as encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp faced criticism for potentially allowing terrorists to communicate undetected.

Killer Khalid Masood is reported to have used the app seconds before mowing down pedestrians at speed and storming the parliamentary estate armed with two knives last week.

The Home Secretary called for the encrypted networks to build back doors into their system so security services can access terrorists’ messages during investigations.

Amber Rudd said she supported end-to-end encryption, offered by the likes of WhatsApp, but said security services must be able to eavesdrop on messages when they have a warrant.

Although such encryption makes it difficult for investigators to establish whether Masood was talking to an accomplice before Wednesday’s rampage, which left four dead, police said they believed he acted alone.

A 30-year-old man was arrested in Birmingham on Sunday on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, making him the 12th person to be held over the deadly plot.

Another man, 58, also arrested in Birmingham, remains in police custody after a series of raids across the country.

Officers have carried out a total of 15 searches at various addresses in east London, south London, Brighton, Surrey, Carmarthenshire, Birmingham and Manchester.

On encrypted messaging services, Ms Rudd told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide.

“We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.

“It used to be that people would steam-open envelopes or just listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warrantry.

“But on this situation we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.”

WhatsApp said in response that it had been assisting the police investigation.

A spokeswoman said: “We are horrified at the attack carried out in London earlier this week and are co-operating with law enforcement as they continue their investigations.”

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so a “terrorist” uses whatsapp to allegedly do some messages and suddenly the entire encryption must be unwound to allow the spooks to see what he said and anyone with an account loses their privacy in the same process..

“We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.It used to be that people would steam-open envelopes or just listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warrantry. But on this situation we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.”

do you really think they wouldnt have a backdoor somewhere in there??

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~ by seeker401 on March 29, 2017.

11 Responses to “Home Secretary: Message apps must not be “secret place” for terrorists”

  1. So now we know the reason for the “event”

  2. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  3. they want to make legal what they are already doing = spying/collecting data = “big-brothering”….

  4. >>so a “terrorist” uses whatsapp to allegedly do some messages and suddenly the entire encryption must be unwound to allow the spooks to see what he said and anyone with an account loses their privacy in the same process..<<

    yes please..

    BTA they already have it (backdoors, frontdoors, sidedoor ,rooftraps)

  5. Thinking of how they are making perverse laws to give the appearance of legitimacy for their lawlessness, opposite came to my mind:

    The moral law is freedom. (James 1:25)

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