Meta has agreed to fully implement 34 of the 45 recommendations made by the independent organization Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in its Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) report on the end-to-end encryption in messaging and social media platforms.
Responding to the report in which BSR made 45 suggestions such as providing users with the ability to report issues in a more consistent, consistent and accessible way, ensuring these features are easy to find, Meta said that if 34 were accepted by the company, it would partially implement four, while evaluating the feasibility of six others.
Meta said it would take no action at this time on a recommendation under which BSR recommended that the company continue to evaluate client-side analysis as an approach to addressing the presence of sexual abuse material. children on its platforms.
BSR suggested that Meta continue to research ways to search for child pornography among messages transmitted on its platforms without breaking end-to-end encryption.
BSR said that while end-to-end encryption is the only way to “truly protect the privacy of communications” and should in no way be banned or weakened, it should not restrict children’s rights to be protected. against sexual abuse. content on different platforms. In its response explaining why Meta would not take any action on the issue, the company said that any form of client-side analysis of messages without the consent and control of the user or sender is “fundamentally incompatible” with a end-to-end encrypted messaging service. .
“This would be the case even with theoretical approaches that could maintain ‘cryptographic integrity’ such as via a technology like homomorphic encryption – which the HRIA rightly notes as a nascent technology whose feasibility in this context is still speculative,” Meta said in his response. .
The human rights impact assessment of extending end-to-end encryption to all Meta messaging services was commissioned by the company in October 2019. The objective of the report was to identify and prioritize the potential impact of Meta’s end-to-end encryption plan. on human rights, and the possible risks and opportunities associated with them.
BSR was also asked to recommend an action plan that would minimize risk and build capacity for Meta staff to help ensure end-to-end encryption was implemented in a human rights-compliant manner. .