Europol Chief: Snapchat Greatest Terrorist Threat


The greatest threat to our national security is posed by teenage sexting apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp according to the Director of Europol. Rob Wainwright, the ex-MI5 spook who now heads up the EU’s pet police force, told Radio 5 Live yesterday that encrypted communication applications offered by major software providers are “the biggest problem” for police and spooks “dealing with threats from terrorism“.

Wainwright then went on to blame the popularity of sexting apps on Edward Snowden, whose revelations appareantly caused software companies to cater for “what they perceive to be consumer demand for greater privacy of their communications. Or maybe people don’t want Mr Wainwright snooping on their saucy pics..

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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