Govt encryption claims are ‘delusional’
Julian Jessop quoted by The Daily Brit
Matthew Lesh writes for City AM
“The government’s claims on encryption are delusional. The Online Safety Bill empowers Ofcom to require scanning of private messages — undermining encryption and potentially leading the likes of WhatsApp and Signal to leave the U.K.
“There is no magic technological solution in existence or development that can protect user privacy while scanning their messages. It’s a contradiction in terms.”
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In June 2022, the IEA published ‘An Unsafe Bill’, a briefing paper co-authored by Matthew outlining how the Online Safety Bill threatens free speech, privacy, and innovation online.
In April 2023, Matthew wrote in The Spectator, criticising the Online Safety Bill for undermining end-to-end encryption and highlighting the risk that it could force tech platforms like Signal and WhatsApp to quit the UK.
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