UK May Force Messaging Apps to Identify and Remove Child Sexual Abuse Images

Heavily encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp could be required to adopt cutting-edge technology to spot child sexual abuse material or face the threat of significant fines, under new changes to UK digital safety legislation.

The amendment to the online safety bill would require tech firms to use their “best endeavours” to deploy new technology that identifies and removes child sexual abuse and exploitation content (CSAE).

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