Encrypt or not encrypt that is the question?

December 12th, 2019 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

U.S. senators grilled Apple Inc and Facebook Inc executives over their encryption practices on Tuesday and threatened to regulate the technology unless the companies make encrypted user data accessible to law enforcement.

Democrats and Republicans presented united front against encryption that can bloc access to key evidence and stymie investigations.

You’re going to find a way to do this or we’re going to go do it for you,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “We’re not going to live in a world where a bunch of child abusers have a safe haven to practice their craft. Period. End of discussion.”

Facebook has been at odds with multiple governments since announcing its plan to extend end-to-end encryption across its messaging services earlier this year. The WhatsApp messaging app is already encrypted. In October, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, and law enforcement chiefs of the United Kingdom, and Australia all called on the world’s biggest social network not to proceed with its plan unless law enforcement officials are given backdoor access.

Facebook rejected that call in a letter signed by WhatsApp head Will Cathcart and Messenger head Stan Chudnovsky which it released along with the company’s written testimony. “The ‘backdoor’ access you are demanding for law enforcement would be a gift to criminals, hackers and repressive regimes,” they wrote. “That is not something we are prepared to do.”


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