As reported by the BBC, child-protection organisations say Facebook’s decision to strongly encrypt messages will give offenders a place to hide. The company is moving ahead with plans to implement the measure on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct. But more than 100 organisations, led by the NSPCC, have signed an open letter warning the plans will undermine efforts to catch abusers. They say Facebook has failed to address concerns about child safety.
Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Expert at ESET:
“Encryption is the backbone of the internet; without it, you lose all security. If you create a backdoor to encryption, you undermine the encryption entirely. There is an endless battle between law enforcement and the technology companies when it comes to encryption, but it is vital that we strike the correct balance.
I think Facebook are right to secure their applications, which in fact protects users. Taking away encryption allows cyber criminals to view sensitive data, which creates more problems in the long run. You could also argue that if Facebook was to allow access to its messaging platforms, many users could simply move to other more privacy-focused applications.”