WhatsApp accused of giving terrorists ‘a secret place to hide’ as it refuses to hand over London attacker’s messages

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has accused the messaging service WhatsApp of giving terrorists “a place to hide” as it emerged the US firm has failed to hand over the content of the last message sent by Westminster attacker Adrian Ajao.

Scotland Yard and the security services cannot access encrypted messages sent on Whatsapp, meaning they have no idea what Ajao said – or to whom – in his final communication three minutes before he began Wednesday’s slaughter.

In a scathing attack on Whatsapp, as well as Google and social media platforms which have failed to take down extremist material, she said: “They should be on our side.”

Referring to Whatsapp’s system of end-to-end encryption, she said: “It is completely unacceptable. There should be no place for terrorists to hide.

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Source By http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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