Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel will badmouth Facebook's use of end-to-end encryption on Monday evening as she links the security technology with paedophilia, terrorism, organised crime, and so on.


The ever-popular politician will say at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) event: "Sadly, at a time when we need to be taking more action, Facebook are pursuing end-to-end encryption plans that place the good work and progress achieved so far [on fighting the issue of child abuse] in jeopardy."

Patel's speech is intended to kickstart a fresh round of government campaigning against end-to-end encryption, as previewed by Wired a few weeks ago.


The British state is hostile towards end-to-end encryption; the idea of people being able to communicate privately without the government listening in seems intolerable to Whitehall. Bureaucrats' favoured way of campaigning against messaging apps' adoption of E2E encryption is to depict it as actively putting children into harm's way.

Wired wrote that advisory firm PA Consulting has been paid by the Home Office to write a report talking up how E2E encryption protects "adults' privacy at the expense of children's safety." In particular, the report will claim that methods for government agencies to read people's messages in the E2E era will "almost certainly be less effective than the current ability to scan for harmful content."


Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...


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