Internet giants are undermining the battle to keep Britain safe from militant Islamists, the country’s top counter terrorist officer said today.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley branded web firms worth billions of pounds ‘irresponsible’ for providing secure communications to jihadists.
The Scotland Yard chief said some companies have deliberately created software which prevents them accessing information if requested by the authorities.
Others simply refuse to provide the content of messages or pledge to tip off the suspects about the State’s interest in their activities if they are approached.
Mr Rowley revealed police have lost track of some suspects because of ‘growing blind spots’ created by their technology.