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Daily Safeguarding Update
Facebook encryption could prevent detection of child abuse
Facebook’s plans to allow encrypted messaging across all its platforms could prevent the detection of up to 20 million child abuse images every year.
The director of threat leadership at the National Crime Agency (NCA), Rob Jones, expressed concerns over end-to-end encryption capabilities that could stop police officers from accessing information that could help rescue abused children.
This follows Facebook’s introduction of end-to-end encrypted Messenger voice calls and video calls to keep calls private.
Concerns remain about how encryption can delay the required fast and dynamic law enforcement response to online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
A meeting of ministers from G7 countries will focus on internet safety and security, where home secretary, Priti Patel, will address her international campaign against encryption.
A fund dedicated to tackling CSAM will also be launched where experts will be invited to apply for government funding to show how platforms can be designed to lessen the risk of usage by child sex abusers.
Google is adding the ability to “ring” another Google user with Google Meet in the newest update to Workspaces.
This update is part of Google’s redesign plans for Gmail and joins the Chat, Spaces (a Slack-like product that adds support for ‘threaded’ messages and group chats) and Meet tabs.
Calls will take place inside the Gmail app with the same feature coming later to the standalone Google Meet app.
When calls become available, users will be ‘called’ through Gmail like any other Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like WhatsApp or Messenger, in addition to being able to join Google Meet meetings.