WhatsApp Refused To Install Backdoor For British Government

JD Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:47

Creators of the WhatsApp messaging service repeatedly refused to comply with demands by the UK government to install a secret backdoor in its software.

According to an anonymous security source, the British government pressured the makers of WhatsApp in a meeting last summer to allow them to secretly spy on citizens – saying that they needed to do so in order to combat terrorism.

Theverge.com reports: “It is crucially important that we can access their communications — and when we can’t, it can provide a black hole for investigators,” the source said. Extremists are known to use encryption apps like WhatsApp and Telegram to communicate, and an inability to access those messages has been a constant source of frustration for law enforcement.


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