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The wrangle over Whats App—encrypted messages and investigatory powers

The wrangle over Whats App—encrypted messages and investigatory powers
Published on: 07 April 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The wrangle over Whats App—encrypted messages and investigatory powers
  • What power does the government currently have to intercept encrypted information from apps or social media (if any)?
  • What is the instant messaging platform’s position on providing information to authorities?
  • How likely do you think it is that the government and the service providers will be able to come up with a compromise and what could this compromise look like?
  • How can intervention be challenged by instant messaging providers?

Article summary

Corporate Crime analysis: Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called for intelligence agencies to have access to Whats App and other encrypted messaging services in order to prevent future terror attacks. Lorna Brazell, partner at Osborne Clarke, explains why providers are unlikely to release their data willingly and how they may attempt to fight any regulatory intervention. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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