U.S., U.K. and Australia to Call on Facebook to Create Backdoor to Encrypted Messages

10/3/19

Encryption

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The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia will pressure Facebook to create a backdoor into its encrypted messaging apps which would allow governments to access the content of private communications, according to an open letter from top government officials to Mark Zuckerberg.

The open letter, dated 4 October, is jointly signed by the U.K. home secretary, Priti Patel; the U.S. attorney general, William Barr; the U.S. acting secretary of homeland security, Kevin McAleenan; and the Australian minister for home affairs, Peter Dutton , and is expected to be released Friday.

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