UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Several US social networks, including Facebook and WhatsApp, will have to transmit encrypted messages to users of the British police in accordance with a new agreement between London and Washington, Bloomberg reports, citing an informed source.
According to the agency, the agreement, which will be signed next month, will oblige social networks to transmit information to assist in the investigation of particularly serious criminal offenses, including terrorism and pedophilia.
British Interior Minister Prey Patel said earlier that Facebook’s intention to allow users to send messages encrypted in such a way that only the sender and the recipient had access to them was beneficial for criminals. She called on social networks to provide intelligence services with a “back door” to gain access to their instant messengers.
According to the agency, in accordance with the new agreement, the United States, unlike the United Kingdom, will not be able to use the information received from British companies in any case, with the exception of those punishable by the death penalty.
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