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"Real people" aren't really interested in security features that stop the government and criminals reading their messages, according to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
The Government should be allowed to look at people's messages and break through the security that keeps them hidden, she has written.
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"I know some will argue that it's impossible to have both – that if a system is end-to-end encrypted then it's impossible ever to access the communication," she wrote in a piece for . But the reality is very different." She went on to write that people didn't really want encrypted messaging apps anyway, and that they would prefer to use software with more features.End-to-end encryption works by ensuring that only the sender and recipient of a message can read it – meaning it would not be possible for tech firms to give government access to specific messages, even if they wanted to.Ms Rudd took on that argument and said that might be true "in theory" but that "the reality is very different".Most people won't be concerned about that because they primarily use apps like Whats App and i Message for their "features", she writes, and not because of the technology they incorporate to keep messages safe.Terrorists are using private chat apps to co-ordinate attacks and must be stopped, she writes.