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WhatsApp must not be ‘place for terrorists to hide’

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The home secretary, Amber Rudd, says Whats App and other messaging applications must not provide a secret platform for terrorists to communicate.
Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Rudd said that the government’s intelligence services should have access to encrypted messages, following reports that Khalid Masood had used the service prior to the Westminster attack

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Speaking to BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Rudd said: “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.
Masood, 52, killed three people and injured 50 when he drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday.
All messages sent on WhatsApp have end-to-end encryption, meaning messages are unreadable if they are intercepted by anyone, including law enforcement and WhatsApp itself.
Media caption Amber Rudd: “Intelligence services need to be able to get into encrypted services like WhatsApp”There must be “no place for terrorists to hide” and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the home secretary has said.
WhatsApp must not be 'place for terrorists to hide'

Amber Rudd said WhatsApp must not be a ‘place for terrorists to hide’ and calls for encrypted messaging services to open up their platforms to the smart agencies

referring to Reports suggest Khalid Masood used the phone app just minutes before he began his murderous rampage at Parliament on Wednesday.
Ms Rudd said there must be “no place for terrorists to hide”, and it was “completely unacceptable” for the likes of WhatsApp to offer end-to-end encryption.
“But on this situation we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.”
“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.
This means security services cannot eavesdrop on messages sent through the service, which is owned by Facebook and has a billion users worldwide.
WhatsApp must not be a 'place for terrorists to hide'

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