Privacy advocates are aghast at UK’s anti-encryption plans

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The UK government’s plans to weaken encryption can “easily be exploited” by hackers and officials, experts have warned. The proposals are part of the controversial Online Safety Bill, which is currently working its way through parliament. Ministers say the legislation would make Britain “the safest place in the world to be online,” but campaigners fear it will erode free speech and privacy. Their prime concern involves the threat to end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) messenger apps. Under the mooted measures, telecoms regulators could force platforms to scan through private messages for illegal content. A new clause in the legislation requires services to…

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