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Why The Government Shouldn't Break WhatsApp

Tom Scott

Encryption backdoors - breaking WhatsApp and iMessage's security to let the government stop Bad Things - sounds like a reasonable idea. Here's why it isn't.

A transcript of this video's available here:


Filmed at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History:

Camera by Tomek:

Thanks to everyone who helped proofread my script!


WhatsApp's privacy protections questioned after terror attack:

WhatsApp must be accessible to authorities, says Amber Rudd:

UK government renews calls for WhatsApp backdoor after London attack:

Investigatory Powers Act:

India is 'ready to use' Blackberry message intercept system:

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security:

Councils secretly spied on people walking dogs and feeding birds for five years:
[This is basically a rephrase of with a better headline]

Poole council spies on family over school claim:

Security services missed five opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber:

Reuters reference to "500 active investigations":

AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases:


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