U.S., UK, Australia to ask Facebook to delay message encryption

The fight between law enforcement and tech companies over encryption is about to enter another round. The U.S. government, along with the support of Australia and the U.K., has written a letter asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to delay adding encryption to its messaging services until the company can ensure that the security feature won’t be a detriment to public safety. The letter, a copy of which has been seen by CyberScoop, is signed by U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton have also signed the letter. The letter, dated Oct. 4, states that if Facebook adds encryption by default to its messaging services, it will hinder law enforcement’s ability to find illegal activity that takes place on the services. BuzzFeed News was the first to report on the letter’s existence. … Continue reading U.S., UK, Australia to ask Facebook to delay message encryption