10/3/2019, 9:35 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Govt officials will call on FB to give access to messaging - report

High-ranking government officials from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia will request Facebook Inc. delay plans for end-to-end encryption across all of its messaging services until it is determined that the added privacy does not reduce public safety, Buzzfeed News reported on Thursday, citing an open letter expected to be published on October 4.

"Security enhancements to the virtual world should not make us more vulnerable in the physical world. Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes," the letter, which is signed by US General William Barr, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, states.

The officials will reportedly call on the tech giant to consult governments in order to create a backdoor to its encryption on its messaging platforms, allowing law enforcement access to the content being sent.

Breaking the News / MD