Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023
United Kingdom

British technology minister Michelle Donelan defended plans to require messaging apps to provide access to encrypted private messages when needed to protect children from abuse, which major platforms say would undermine the privacy of their users. From a report: Donelan told the BBC that the government was not against encryption, and the access would only be requested as a last resort, under Britain’s Online Safety Bill which is expected to become law later this year. “I, like you, want my privacy because I don’t want people reading my private messages. They’d be very bored but I don’t want them to do it,” said Donelan, minister for science, innovation and technology. “However, we do know that on some of these platforms, they are hotbeds sometimes for child abuse and sexual exploitation. And we have to be able access that information should that problem occur.”

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