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Government puts Facebook under pressure to stop end-to-end encryption over child abuse risks

Home secretary Priti Patel uses a conference organised by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to warn that end-to-end encryption will severely erode the ability of tech companies to police illegal content, including child abuse and terrorism.

The Home Office estimates that 12 million reports of potential child abuse could be lost if Facebook introduces end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger and Instagram, significantly increasing the risk of child exploitation or other serious harm.

End-to-end encryption is widely used by internet messaging services such as Signal, Telegram, email services including Protonmail and mailbox.org, and Facebook’s own WhatsApp messaging service, to protect the privacy of personal data and messages.

Source: Government puts Facebook under pressure to stop end-to-end encryption over child abuse risks

UK may force Facebook services to allow backdoor police access

UK Ministers are considering forcing Facebook to implement a backdoor to allow security agencies and police to read the contents of messages sent across its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram chat services.

“End-to-end encryption poses an unacceptable risk to user safety and society. It would prevent any access to messaging content and severely erode tech companies’ ability to tackle the most serious illegal content on their own platforms, including child abuse and terrorism,” they said.

Source: UK may force Facebook services to allow backdoor police access | Technology | The Guardian

The future of data privacy: confidential computing, quantum safe cryptography take center stage

Confidential computing, quantum safe cryptography, and fully homomorphic encryption are set to change the future of data privacy as they make their way from a hypothesis to viable commercial applications.

IBM Research hosted an online program exploring each of these technologies and how they could impact how we securely manage, encrypt, store, and transfer information — with each solving a different challenge posed by future data privacy concerns.

Full article: The future of data privacy: confidential computing, quantum safe cryptography take center stage | ZDNet

Criminals arrested after trusting encrypted chat app cracked by police

Police in the Netherlands and Belgium have made hundreds of raids, and arrested at least 80 people, after cracking into an encrypted phone network used by organised criminals.

According to Europol, authorities have been able to monitor “the information flow of approximately 70,000 users of SKY ECC” since mid-February, “unlocking the encryption” to gain insight into organised criminal activities in Europe and beyond.

However, SKY ECC argues that the app being used by the police officer, and by implication the one cracked by police in Europe, is not theirs – but instead an unauthorised fake app.

Source: Criminals arrested after trusting encrypted chat app cracked by police

Tech companies warn EU lawmakers over ‘anti-encryption’ push

Four European apps which secure user data via end-to-end encryption, ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota, have issued a joint-statement warning over recent moves by EU institutions that they say are setting lawmakers on a dangerous path to backdooring encryption.

End-to-end encryption refers to a form of encryption where the service provider does not hold keys to decrypt the data, thereby enhancing user privacy — as there’s no third party in the loop with the technical capability to access data in a decrypted form.

Source: ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota warn EU lawmakers over ‘anti-encryption’ push | TechCrunch

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone’s Encryption

New research indicates governments already have methods and tools that, for better or worse, let them access locked smartphones thanks to weaknesses in the security schemes of Android and iOS.

Cryptographers at Johns Hopkins University used publicly available documentation from Apple and Google as well as their own analysis to assess the robustness of Android and iOS encryption.

Full article: How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone’s Encryption | WIRED

WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App

Two apps—Signal and Telegram—are currently the No. 1 and No. 2 free app downloads in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. Millions of users flocked to the chat apps in recent weeks, according to data from Apptopia and Sensor Tower. There are a few factors behind the surge.

One is concern over a privacy-policy update for the Facebook Inc.-owned WhatsApp. (After the initial publication of this article, the company delayed the policy update until May 15.) Meanwhile, the deplatforming of President Trump from prominent social networks following the U.S. Capitol riot has driven people to seek communication tools without moderators and external visibility.

Source: WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App – WSJ

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform

Europol has launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. It will significantly increase Europol’s capability to decrypt information lawfully obtained in criminal investigations.

The launch of the new decryption platform marks a milestone in the fight against organised crime and terrorism in Europe. In full respect of fundamental rights and without limiting or weakening encryption, this initiative will be available to national law enforcement authorities of all Member States to help keep societies and citizens safe and secure.

Source: Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations | Europol

Court orders encrypted email biz Tutanota to build a backdoor in user’s mailbox

Tutanota has been served with a court order to backdoor its encrypted email service – a situation founder Matthias Pfau described to The Register as “absurd.”

Court in Germany last month ordered Tutanota to help investigators monitor the contents of a user’s encrypted mailbox. The site has until the end of the year to add functionality to perform this surveillance.

Source: Court orders encrypted email biz Tutanota to build a backdoor in user’s mailbox, founder says ‘this is absurd’ • The Register

Google is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android Messages app

“We recognize that your conversations are private,” says Google.

Google is upping the security for at least some of the conversations on its Messages app by adding end-to-end encryption.

It will be rolling out end-to-end encryption on Messages, starting with one-on-one conversations between people using the Rich Communication Services-based version of the app.

Source: Google is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android Messages app | ZDNet

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