Michelle Donelan defends UK plan to weaken encryption

10/08/2023 | The Guardian

The Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan, has spoken out in defence of the Online Safety Bill and the push to allow messaging apps to grant access to private messages if requested by communications watchdog Ofcom. According to Donelan, the move is necessary in order to combat child abuse, a cause that she is deeply passionate about. While Donelan understands that many people value their privacy and would be hesitant to allow access to their private messages, she believes the potential benefits outweigh any privacy concerns. 

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