Facebook messaging encryption will ‘put more children at risk’

  • Politicians have warned Facebook that introducing end-to-end encryption could lead to increased risk to children online 
  • One of the company’s leading figures was giving evidence to the Home Affairs Committee at Westminster yesterday
  • She said the plans to switch on encryption will make it harder to detect cases of abuse
  • Earlier this week the NSPCC had called on Facebook to resume scanning for indications of child abuse in the EU
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Malware found on computers given to pupils by government

  • Some laptops given out by the government for pupils learning at home have been found to contain malicious software (malware)
  • Details were shared by teachers in an online forum about suspicious files sent to a Bradford school
  • The Department of Education said it was ‘urgently investigating’
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Investigation begins after alleged abuses at Cumbria school

  • Claims of historical sexual abuse at a school in Whitehaven are to be investigated by police
  • Cumbria Education Trust said it had received a letter which made “serious but unspecific allegations”
  • The Trust’s head says “Nothing is more important to us than the safeguarding of children and young people”
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320 of the UK’s most dangerous child sex offenders arrested since first lockdown

  • Over 300 of the country’s most serious child sex offenders have been arrested since the first lockdown, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Investigators have been focused on those operating online
  • The operation led to 6,500 children being safeguarded last year
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