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U.S., UK and Australian Officials Will Ask Facebook CEO to Delay Plans for End-to-End Messaging Encryption, New Data Sharing Between U.S. and UK Law Enforcement Slated for Announcement
Attorney General Bill Barr, along with officials from the United Kingdom and Australia, will publish an open letter, dated October 4, to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking the company to delay plans for end-to-end encryption across its messaging services until it can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety. The letter is slated to be released at the same time as an announcement of a new data-sharing agreement between law enforcement in the US and the UK. The other signatories to the letter include UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, US Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton. The letter raises concerns that Facebook’s plan to build end-to-end encryption into its messaging apps will prevent law enforcement agencies from finding illegal activity conducted through Facebook, including child sexual exploitation, terrorism, and election meddling. It asks Facebook to let aw enforcement gain access to illegal content in a manageable format, and by consulting with governments ahead of time to ensure the changes will allow this access. Reuters separately reported that the new pact between the U.S. and the UK would fast track requests from law enforcement to technology companies for information about the communications of terrorists and child abusers.
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BuzzFeed – Tech: “We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety.”
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@RMac18: We were able to see a draft open letter from Bill Barr (and officials in the UK and Oz) to Mark Zuckerberg asking for Facebook to halt the roll out of e2e encryption across its apps. This may get ugly.
@mikeisaac: this barr encryption memo is a bfd
@alfredwkng: On a DoJ call, government official comments on the letter: "There are very significant concerns that law enforcement officials have if Facebook were to end-to-end encrypt all communications on its platforms"
@julianbarnes: Justice Department, backed by the UK, Australia, seeks backdoor to WhatsApp, Facebook encrypted messages. With @ktbenner @MikeIsaac
@teddyschleifer: Facebook statement on the Barr memo.
@ktbenner: AG Bill Barr and other SR officials in Australia and the UK call on Facebook to build a backdoor in WhatsApp for law enforcement/to halt a plan for end to end encryption across all FB properties
@Bing_Chris: The Barr letter to Facebook is a big deal. Government now openly discouraging proliferation of end-to-end encryption
@donie: US Attorney William Barr, as well as senior government officials from the UK and Australia, are formally asking Facebook give up on its plan to encrypt user messages across its platforms, @kevincollier reports
@willsommer: The press conference is being drowned by out by Chumbawamba. Jacob tells the security guard to remove a heckler, but the guard appears to refuse on the grounds that the man is on public property.
@kevincollier: UK official on this DOJ encryption call rn says we need to move on from the term "backdoor," though we still don't see a real way to have E2E and lawful access. These govs have been calling E2E "warrant-proof encryption."
@RMac18: We now have the full letter from Bill Barr and others to Mark Zuckerberg in our story. https://buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/bill-barr-facebook-letter-halt-encryption
@alfredwkng: A UK government official just referenced GCHQ's proposal for access to encrypted messages -- which Apple, Google, Microsoft and FB slammed in May.The pitch was: secretly add police into encrypted conversations, so they could view messages while hidden
@nytimes: Attorney General William Barr and his British and Australian counterparts are set to push Facebook for a back door to its end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp and other messaging platforms, which would give investigators access to now-secret communication
@BrendanBordelon: Hoo boy. AG Bill Barr is set to call on Facebook to delay encryption plans, and he's got backup from the UK and Australia. A new battle in the encryption wars looks dangerously close to kicking off.
@jank0: Also, isn't it a bit odd that Facebook would launch a new messaging app without end-to-end encryption half a year after Mark Zuckerberg wrote a 3000 word manifesto about encrypted messaging?
@snowden: Oh hey, turns out it's even worse; it's more than just #WhatsApp, it's all FB-owned messaging: "Attorney General William P. Barr is set to press @Facebook on Friday to create a so-called back door to its end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp ***AND OTHER MESSAGING PLATFORMS***"
@Bing_Chirs: Meh.. I think it’s different in style and substance. The overarching encryption fight is repetitive and cyclical, obviously. However, 3/5 five eyes writing a letter to Facebook asking them to abandon encryption plans feels different... no?
@zackwhittaker: A crypto reality check talk by @RonWyden on the USG's plan to backdoor WhatsApp.
@mattblaze: So about this “warrantless encryption” thing. We’ve been here before.The first time was way back in 1993, a time when the Internet was just starting to gain widespread traction and concerns about privacy and information security were on the cusp of entering the mainstream. 1/