TECHNOLOGY companies must allow the security services access to messages in times of emergency, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. It follows reports that Khalid Masood, the man responsible for the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday, used the WhatsApp service to send someone a message just three minutes before he mowed down 40 people on Westminster Bridge. The inbuilt encryption of WhatsApp means police and MI5 have reportedly not seen the contents of that message.
Doing the rounds on the Sunday morning political TV shows, the Home Secretary said technology firms must build in back doors to allow security services to eavesdrop.
Rudd also insisted WordPress, and Google, who run YouTube, must realise that they are now publishers rather than simply technology companies, and so should do more to tackle extremist videos and blogs.
Although the Home Secretary said she would like companies to do this voluntarily and independently, she refused to rule out changing the law to force their hand.
Rudd told BBC One s Andrew Marr Show: It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorists to hide.
We need to make sure that organisations like WhatsApp, and there are plenty of others like that, don t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.
It used to be that people would steam-open envelopes or just listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing, legally, through warrantry.
But on this situation we need to make sure that our intelligence services have the ability to get into situations like encrypted WhatsApp.
Asked if she opposed end-to-end encryption on Sky News s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Rudd said: End-to-end encryption has a place, cyber security is really important and getting it wrong costs the economy and costs people money.
So I support end-to-end encryption, it has its place to play.
But we also need to have a system whereby when the police have an investigation, where the security services have put forward a warrant signed off by the Home Secretary, we can get that information when a terrorist is involved.
She denied what she was describing was incompatible with end-to-end encryption, adding: You can have a system whereby they can build it so that we can have access to it when it is absolutely necessary.
Rudd said she was calling in a fairly long list of relevant organisations for a meeting on the issue on Thursday, including social media platforms.
I would rather get a situation where we get all these people around the table agreeing to do it, she told Marr.
I know it sounds a bit like we re stepping away from legislation but we re not.
What I m saying is the best people who understand the technology, who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff even being put up, not just taking it down, but stopping it being put up in the first place are going to be them.
It will be the biggest security operation undertaken in Cardiff, with extra officers being shipped in to help. The Champions League final on June 3 will be a huge undertaking for the city’s police who have warned there will be “significant” disruption for people living or working in Cardiff. Since Uefa said the final would be in Cardiff1, there have been devastating terror attacks across the world.
It means there will large security measures in place around Cardiff for the final. Fans who travelled to Euro 20162 will know the sort of measures expected, including frequent security searches and armed police on the streets.
A huge security fence was put in place for the Nato summit in 2014
In Cardiff, a security perimeter will be put in place around the Principality Stadium. Only those with tickets or valid accreditation will be allowed to access the areas next to the stadium on June 3.
Police keep watch near Cardiff Castle during the NATO Summit
There will be more police on streets and what’s been described as an “unprecedented” security operation with a focus on “hostile vehicle mitigation”. The FAW say that normal policing will be maintained and Neighbourhood Officers will continue their daily duties, patrolling the area protecting and reassuring local communities but that there will be more officers on the street.
Restrictions on water travel
There will be restrictions on water travel during the event
As part of the security measures restrictions will be placed on water travel along the River Taff and inside the Bay area. Organisers say they have spoken to all those affected.
There will be a large impact on roads, particularly the M4 and significant road closures across the city centre. There will also be an impact in Cardiff Bay because of the festival taking place there between June 1 and June 4.
Organisers have warned there will be “significant and unavoidable congestion at certain times”. They advise using public transport but say cycle parking will be impacted so people should not cycle on the day of the final.
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