11 September 2019

Government attempts to find 'middle ground' with tech giants over encrypted messages

James Cook

The government is hoping to find a "middle ground" over the use of encrypted messages, a senior civil servant has said.

Sarah Connelly, the government’s director for security and online harms, told a House of Lords committee on Tuesday that the government supported the availability of encrypted messaging services.

However, the government is hoping to meet with technology firms to find a way to carry on identifying abusive content.

"The idea is that we wouldn’t require eyes on on the content but we would require user complaints," she said of encrypted messages sent through WhatsApp.

It is hoping to use a "wraparound of other measures" such as user reports to technology companies to learn where...

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