Home Secretary Preeti Patel plans to deliver a keynote address at a child protection charity event that reveals the perceived illnesses of end-to-end encryption and calls for tighter control of technology. At the same time a new report will say that technology companies need to do more to protect online technology kids.
Patel will headline an April 19 roundtable organized by the National Society for Cruelty of Children (NSPCC) in response to a draft invitation shown by YREDD. The event has been widely criticized for the encryption standard, which makes it harder for investigators and technology agencies to monitor people-to-people contacts and identify sorted or illegal content of children with images of terrorism or child abuse.
End-to-end encryption works by securing communication between those involved – only the sender of the message and the sender can see what they say, and technology provider platforms cannot access the content of the messages. The technology has become increasingly standardized in recent years WhatsApp And Signal Using end-to-end encryption by default to protect people’s privacy.
The Home Office move comes as planned by Facebook Roll out the last encryption Across all of its messaging platforms, including Messenger and Instagram, there has been intense debate about the risks that technology has taken for children in the UK and elsewhere.
During the event, NSPCC will unveil a report on the last-to-last encryption of PA Consulting, a UK-based firm, which has advised the UK’s Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) division on upcoming online security controls. The preliminary draft of the report, presented by YREDD, states that spending on child protection increases the use of end-to-end encryption to protect the privacy of adults, and that technology companies use strategies – and encryption – to mitigate the effects of end-to-end. Is that it will be almost as effective as its current ability to scan for harmful content.
The report further states that the government plans to control “clearly targeted encryption” to prevent technology companies from “engineers”.[ing] “Illegal communication police are away from their power”. It recommends that the upcoming online protection bill – which would impose care fees on online platforms – make it mandatory for child technology to share information on online child abuse against child volunteers.
The online security bill would require companies whose services are effectively dealing with the spread of malicious content on their platforms to implement the requirement rules using end-to-end encryption to show that there is a risk of being fined by the communication or offcom. As a last resort, Ofcom may claim that a company will use automated systems to remove illegal content from their services.
The NSPCC says the setup does not go far enough in terms of encryption control: A statement released last week called on Charity Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden to strengthen the proposed controls and prevent platforms from end-to-end until they are finished. Not that they can protect children. Facebook currently controls the promotion of child sexual abuse content by removing the names of accounts or groups that display prohibited images in their profile pictures or whose groups suggest any illegal activity. WhatsApp Says It blocks more than 300,000 accounts per month that it suspects of sharing child sexual abuse elements.
“Ofcom will have to face multiple tests before taking action on a regulated platform,” said Andy Burroughs, head of NSPCC’s Child Protection Online Policy. “This is capable of requiring evidence of serious and sustainable abuse, which is going to be very difficult to do because it would remove a significant amount of reporting flow due to end-to-end encryption.”