The Home Secretary's use of end-to-end encryption messaging services

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Dear Home Office,

Yesterday the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said that the use of end-to-end encyption across Facebook's messaging services could hamper criminal investigations. She said "We cannot allow a situation where law enforcement's ability to tackle abhorrent criminal acts and protect victims is severely hampered".

Given that the Home Secretary herself is known to use Facebook's end-to-end encrypted messaging service, Whatsapp, I am therefore requesting the content of the last 20 messages the Home Secretary sent over Whatsapp, so that the privacy of end-to-end encyption cannot hamper the public's right to hold public servants accountable.

Yours faithfully,

John Lubbock

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FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear John Lubbock,

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 63796). We will aim to send you a full response by 19/05/2021 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

N McKenzie
Home Office

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FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Mr Lubbock,


Please see the attached response to your request.


Kind regards,


FOI Requests


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