Meta delaying end-to-end encryption

Meta delaying end-to-end encryption

Meta is delaying the controversial end-to-end encryption on all of its services until sometime in 2023. The encryption has been criticized by governments and rights organization saying the encryption would make child safety investigations more difficult.

The company’s global head of safety, Antigone Davis, made the announcement in an article in London-newspaper Telegraph.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the encryption would be standard on all of the company’s services in 2019 after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The analytics company had for political campaigns secretly collected data from millions of accounts on Facebook.

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Meta’s WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption in 2016 but most of the company’s other services do not have it. Meta has earlier said the encryption for all services would be rolled out in 2022 but Davis has now announced its postponement.

She says the delay is because the company wants to make sure the encryption can be safely introduced.

“We believe people shouldn’t have to choose between privacy and safety, which is why we are building strong safety measures into our plans and engaging with privacy and safety experts, civil society and governments to make sure we get this right”

She says the company will use proactive detection technology to identify suspicious activities and enhanced controls for users.

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