UK Government Asked WhatsApp To Provide Encryption Backdoor, As The Terrorist Used WhatsApp Just Before The Attack

Last week terrorist attack in London happened as the result, the UK government is accusing technology firm and once again started asking the backdoor in encrypted services.

UK government said, that intelligence agencies must have access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp to prevent such terrorist attacks.

Amber Rudd, Britain’s Home Secretary said while speaking to BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday:

“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.”

According to intelligence, the terrorist, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old man was active on WhatsApp messaging app just two minutes before he attacked Britain’s Houses of Parliament in Westminster that killed four people.

UK Government Asked WhatsApp To Provide Encryption Backdoor, As The Terrorist Used WhatsApp Just Before The Attack


Amber Rudd also said:

“It used to be that people would steam open envelopes or just listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warranty. But in this situation, we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.”

The incident has once again created a clash between national security and digital privacy.

Earlier, the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December 2015:

The US justice has ordered Apple to write code that could unlock iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists.

According to Rudd, she has invited big giants including Google and WhatsApp’s owner, Facebook, on Thursday to set up an industry board to address this issue.

The government of Brazil had blocked WhatsApp and sealed $11.7 Millions of Facebook Funds, for allegedly failing to cooperate with the investigators.

The French Government also tried to put millions of fine if the tech companies like Apple and Google each time they refuse to help intelligence in extracting data from the suspect’s devices in any such case.

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