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Encrypted messaging puts children in exploitation risk, England watchdog says

Encrypted messaging puts children in exploitation risk, England watchdog says

Anne Elizabeth Longfield, children’s commissioner for England, has said messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption exposes children to abuse and exploitation as the encryption prevents the platforms and the police from monitoring and gathering evidence of child sexual abuse. Longfield’s report says nine out of 10 children aged between eight and 17 are using such apps, exposing millions of them.

Dave 1 months

Those who surrender their liberty for security, deserve neither. ~ Ben Franklin

cooldude 1 months

Haven’t parents heard of messager kids? Where parents can monitor their child’s messages until they are old enough and mature enough to not require parental supervision? (Eg, 15 or so to 18). There is another way to protect kids is to have parents actively involved in their children’s lives (so they can trust them enough to tell their parents about possible abuse) such as disallowing them from social media until their 13-14 (but just one platform so presumably the one their parents use). Are parents these days so inept as to make the government, tech companies and the internet parent their children and not them?

Tim Baker
Tim Baker 1 months

What happened to parents doing their damned job.

Zachary 1 months

“Think of the children” means there’s a motive here they aren’t willing to tell you.

Charlie 1 months

Or maybe she could send her cops after child pedophile rings that have been reported and grooming games that have been completely unchecked constantly

Doug 1 months

Nice try but no winner. UK police go way out of their way to protect "grooming" gangs. They obviously don't care about the children. The police simply want to be able to enforce a surveillance state upon UK citizens. The UK's prosecution of thought crimes is notorious.

Montgomery 1 months

Translation : encryption apps make it difficult for government to spy on you so they will use children as a reason to get rid of it. Think of the children has always been a solid reason for pushing fascist policies on a unwitting population

Matt 1 months

I would argue that knowing about child grooming gangs, their members, locations, crimes ... and doing very, very little about it for many years ... that might be a bigger risk. I know a text is more dangerous than a rape gang, but who am I to judge?

David Webb
David Webb 1 months

They want to make us more secure by making everyone less secure.

Tommy 1 months

But the children! Stop using kids to get into people's private communications you authoritarian nut job

Wyatt 1 months

Sounds like a nice excuse for the Feds to start a war on encryption.

Rational ific
Rational ific 1 months

A poorly hidden attack against Parler by Big Tech.

Frederic Lück
Frederic Lück 1 months

We have to spy on you because of... Let me roll the dice The kids

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