By Victor Ernest
Britain’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd wants WhatsApp on International radar over terror attacks in Westminster, London on 22 March, 2017.
Speaking to BBC One’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday, Rudd said, ”We need to make sure our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.”
Access to encrypted messages
There must be ”no place for terrorists to hide” and intelligence services must have access to encrypted messaging services, the Britain’s Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said.
Amber Rudd said she would be asking tech firms to work with the agency when she meets with them this week.
What encryption is
Encryption is a way of scrambling computer data so it can only be read by the people you want to see it.
All messages sent on WhatsApp have end-to-end encryption.
This means messages are unreadable if they are intercepted by anyone, including law enforcement.
The Facebook-owned company, which has a billion users worldwide, has said protecting private communication was one of its ”core beliefs.”
Reason the for call
The calls come after Wednesday’s terror attack when attacker Masood ran down pedestrians and fatally stabbed a police officer who was guarding the houses of Parliament.
In total five people died including the attacker who was shot by police and 50 others were injured.
Khalid Masood was reportedly on the messaging app WhatsApp two minutes before the attack in Westminster.
Police are unable to read his messages due to the encrypted nature of the application.
On Saturday the Metropolitan police said they believed Masood acted alone. But, they added they were also ”determined” to find out whether he had been inspired by terrorist propaganda.