A letter sent by the UK, US and Australian governments has called upon Facebook not to proceed with its plan to roll out end-to-end encryption to its messaging services, over fears the policy threatens "the lives and safety of our children".
As reported by the BBC, the letter was signed by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, US Attorney General William P Barr, Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and the Australian minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.
Messages sent over Facebook-owned service WhatsApp are already encrypted. Users can also encrypt their Facebook messages by using Secret Chat within the mobile messenger app. Facebook is planning to bring end-to-end encryption to all of its messaging services as standard, including Instagram.
The letter goes on to state:
The letter concludes by calling on Facebook (and other companies) to "enable law enforcement to obtain lawful acces to content in a readable and usable format", and not to implement the proposed changes until it can ensure the system would maintain the safety of its users.
In response to the letter as reported by Reuters, Facebook has hit back at calls to halt encryption measures:
The news comes in the wake of a deal struck between the UK and US for a data access agreement, which the BBC says is "designed to remove the barriers to cross-border surveillance". British law-encofrcement agencies can now demand data relating to terroism, child sex abuse and other serious crime from US tech firms in just a few days, a process that could previously have taken up to 2 years.
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You should remember that we "aren't going to let the terrorists change our way of life".a complete loss of personal privacy seems like them winning to me...
How many terrorist attacks have been prevented by surveilling Facebook messenger? This has nothing to do with preventing terrorist attacks and everything to do with keeping tabs on the general public.
Oh come on now.. Terrorist use Facebook to see which plan they use by how many thumbs up it gets....
But yep you are 100% right
Feels weird to be on the side of Facebook... Kinda dirty...
Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
While I despise Facebook and can see your point about it feelings dirty, I also agree with your prior statement.
Yep, I agree with you it does..but i would like to delay as much as "1984" as one can..
Although it's to late for Chinese people scary times over there
Nope. Need end to end encryption. Law enforcement needs to go through the appropriate channels to request information. Checks and balances nesessary to prevent encroachment on our constitutional civil liberties.
Things would have to be much much worse than they are right now for me to find the loss of civil liberties to be anything but unconscionable.
But yep you are 100% right