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Internet giants have ‘made life easier’ for terrorists, paedophiles and gangsters by hampering police investigations, a damning report concludes.
The police watchdog said crime-solving abilities were frustrated by encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp.
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A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said detectives were undermined by the technology, which cannot be decoded by officers. Yesterday Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Tom Winsor warned internet firms should brace themselves for ‘ever-tightening’ regulation unless they went further in co-operating with police.
Firms including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter are already under fire for not doing enough to remove online terrorist content. Sir Tom reserved his strongest language to condemn internet giants who were using customers’ privacy as an excuse to thwart investigations into serious crimes.
He said it was ‘unacceptable’ for officers to...
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