Five Eyes nations demand access to encrypted messaging

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An alliance of national intelligence partners known as the Five Eyes – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US – is demanding encryption backdoors in apps such as Facebook’s WhatsApp.

As reported by the Telegraph on Wednesday, the UK’s new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, accused Facebook of helping out child abusers, drug traffickers and terrorists plotting attacks with its plans to help them hide messages behind the end-to-end encryption it plans to spread across all of its messaging services.

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Saying that Facebook, by offering encryption in their apps, is helping criminals is just stupid. We say “up yours, Priti Patel“!

When can we expect mrs Patel to accuse manufacturers of security doors for helping perverse people and terrorist to commit crimes in apartments by making it more difficult for the police to enter the apartment?

Again – “up yours, Priti Patel“!