Who’s checking on your chats in private online spaces?

A policy brief on the inclusion of private communications in scope of the Online Safety Bill and the impact on end-to-end encryption

Chat monitoring of private messaging services has sneaked into the Online Safety Bill with very little public debate or Parliamentary Scrutiny. This policy brief sets out ORG’s concern as this unprecedented expansion in the mass surveillance of millions of people’s personal messages.

WHO’S CHECKING ON YOUR CHATS IN PRIVATE ONLINE SPACES? POLICY BRIEF
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A policy brief on the inclusion of private communications in scope of the Online Safety Bill and the impact on end-to-end encryption.

This briefing outlines how private chat services have been surreptitiously included in the scope of the Online Safety Bill.

It examines how compliance will result in the monitoring and interception of chat messages, with the consequence that the security provided by end-to-end encryption could be compromised. The outcome could entrench a form of mass chat surveillance involving checks on videos, images and text with ensuing risks to confidentiality of communications and
a chilling effect on speech.

Parliament is being asked to legislate for these disproportionately intrusive measures, affecting our privacy and freedom of expression, without any specific information about

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