U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are demanding Facebook to give establishments a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, which has restarted tensions between tech companies and law enforcement.
Facebook’s WhatsApp now uses end-to-end encryption, which locks up the messages for even Facebook to read their contents. Facebook wants to use the same for its messenger service. But the officials have asked them not to do so in an open letter.
If the messages cannot be read there can be crimes of child abuse. However, by giving police such access makes messaging insecure for everyone. The FBI after every couple of years asks to stop the end-to-end encrypted messaging.
People have the right to have a private conversation online the companies help the law agency when there are any legal requests related to the crime. There was a blast in which 14 people died which led the agency to stop the message encryption.