It’s just an idle question, prompted by the above image.

If I was a police officer with power to monitor politicians’ personal messages – by phone, email or whatever – then I would certainly want to do so.

I would be particularly interested if anything happened that was likely to knock – off the top of the news – an incident that was embarrassing to the ruling political party (for example).

Call me suspicious if you like (and I know some of you are already typing “Hello, Suspicious!” into your comment boxes) but it’s always a good idea to eliminate all possible suspects from any investigation in the most efficient way possible.

Right, Ms Rudd?

Amber Rudd has called for the police and intelligence agencies to be given access to WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging services to thwart future terror attacks, prompting opposition politicians and civil liberties groups to say her demand was unrealistic and disproportionate.

The home secretary said it was “completely unacceptable” that the government could not read messages protected by end-to-end encryption and said she had summoned leaders of technology companies to a meeting on Thursday 30 March to discuss what to do.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Rudd refused to rule out passing new legislation to tackle encrypted messaging if she did not get what she wanted.

Source: WhatsApp must be accessible to authorities, says Amber Rudd | Technology | The Guardian

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