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British Home Secretary Amber Rudd would meet social media companies’ internet service providers today
to discuss terrorist use of their platforms.
Ms Rudd is seeking access to encrypt communications,
which she says is necessary to combat terrorism.
The meeting comes in the week of the attacking London last week
in which WhatsApp was used by the attacker Khalid Masood
moments before killing four people.
This isn’t the first time the British government has requested access to encrypted messages.
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Two years ago, David Cameron, then the Prime Minster,
made the same request after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
But any backdoor in encrypted communications could be exploited by hackers,
not just security services.
And privacy advocates argue that giving the government further powers
will increase intrusion by the state into individual’s life.
Last year the Investigatory Powers Act became law,
giving the British government sweeping powers to collect data about citizens’ online activity.
Encryption is based on the mathematics prime numbers
and government pressure won’t change this.
And all of this raises some thorny questions.
How can governments increase security against terrorism without weakening security against hacking?
and is personal privacy online more important than goverments’ ability to see what terrorists are saying?