UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has apparently sounded off concerning a desire for WhatsApp to give intelligence agencies access to encrypted data and messages. The move comes following last week’s deadly Westminster attack.
During a recent interview on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show,” Rudd was evident concerning her desire for social media companies to ensure they do not provide a safe hiding place for terrorist groups to communicate among one another.
A meeting has already been scheduled later this week with social media companies to solicit their help in the war on terrorism.
This is not the first-time governments have made an attempt to accomplish such a task. Previously, Hillary Clinton made a similar plea to Silicon Valley to cooperate with the government in its fight against terrorism. Additionally, the FBI went to Apple Corporation seeking access to the iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.
Authorities have reportedly discovered that Westminster attacker, Khalid Masood, used WhatsApp three minutes before his attack. However, the contents of potential messages received or sent by Masood remain unknown. This is due to WhatsApp messages are encrypted, not allowing anyone to read the words without direct access to the device from which they are sent.