Whatsapp encryption accused of helping terror groups.

British MP Amber Rudd says a Whatsapp encryption tool has made it difficult to access Westminster attacker Adrian Ajao’s final message.

The Home Secretary is now demanding that police and intelligence agencies be given access to all encrypted messaging services, to prevent future attacks.

Arthur Goldstuck explains why Whatsapp is unable to access the contents of these messages.

The encryption they have introduced is an end to end encryption which means it is encrypted from the point at which the person on the one side sends a message, to the point where the other person on the other side receives it which means even the message on the phone itself can be encrypted.

Arthur Goldstuck, media analyst

Although if they have access to the phone an they are able to break into the phone they should be able to access the messaging unless it was deleted from the device.

Arthur Goldstuck, media analyst

By allowing the kind of access, it opens many doors to abuse, it opens many avenues of monitoring of people who are simply in opposition rather than who have committed crimes.

Arthur Goldstuck, media analyst

Whatsapp itself can't access the contents of the message.

Arthur Goldstuck, media analyst

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