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U.S. and allies warn Zuckerberg on encryption plans

2019-10-04 08:15:13       source:POLITICO

October 3, 2019

Top law enforcement and national security officials in the U.S., U.K. and Australia will warn Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that stronger privacy enhancements across the social network’s messaging services would dramatically hamper efforts to investigate and prevent crimes against children.

“Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes,” Attorney General William Barr, acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan, U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton wrote to Zuckerberg in a letter set to be released Thursday evening but obtained earlier by POLITICO.

They also call on Facebook not to implement plans to deploy end-to-end encryption on services such as Messenger without first ensuring law enforcement could “obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format.”

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