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No end to the end-to-end encryption

Privacy Laws & Business UK Report, Issue 120, March 2022

Law enforcement agencies have raised concerns over use of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for years – which is not imposed nor banned by law – but now discussion is geared towards protecting children as a new avenue to fight the spread of E2EE. As such, new legislation is emerging to safeguard children online, which may affect organisations’ ability to implement E2EE. The UK government claims it does not wish to ban E2EE, but impending legislation may still weaken its use.

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