ICO defends encryption, says it protects children

21/01/2022 | The Guardian

The ICO has waded into the debate [read: government propaganda campagign] over end-to-end encryption, warning everyone at risk, including children, by delaying its implementation. Stephen Bonner, the ICO’s executive director for innovation and technology, said that encryption protects “children’s online safety by not allowing criminals and abusers to send them harmful content or access their pictures or location.” The ICO was responding to the launch of a manipulative campaign against encrypted communications by the Home Office that has engaged the services of M&C Saatchi advertising agency. The campaign claims social media platforms would be “willingly blindfolding” themselves to child abuse if they pushed ahead with end-to-end encryption for private messaging.

View the No place to hide campaign ad yourself. 

The Register also defends encryption claiming the campaign is merely a means to ensure police and security agencies can continue to read the public's online conversations without prior permission or having to defeat data security protections. 

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