Authoritie­s seek ac­cess to en­crypted user mes­sages

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

NEW YORK — U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Aus­tralian of­fi­cials are press­ing Face­book to give authoritie­s a way to read en­crypted mes­sages sent by users, reignit­ing ten­sions be­tween tech com­pa­nies and law en­force­ment.

Face­book's What­sApp has end-to-end en­cryp­tion, mean­ing that even Face­book can­not read the mes­sages. Face­book plans to ex­tend that pro­tec­tion to Mes­sen­ger and In­sta­gram Di­rect. But the of­fi­cials will ask Face­book to hold off in a let­ter to CEO Mark Zucker­berg.

Mean­while, the Euro­pean Union's high­est court ruled that in­di­vid­ual mem­ber coun­tries can force Face­book to re­move what they re­gard as un­law­ful ma­te­rial from the so­cial net­work all over the world — a de­ci­sion ex­perts say could hin­der free speech on­line.

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