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UK’s police warns tech companies on use of encryption

The encryption technology that keeps smartphone users’ private messages safe could be regulated by the government because it is sometimes used by terrorists, the senior inspector overseeing the UK’s police forces has claimed.

Firms responsible for instant messaging apps are “making life easier for terrorists, paedophiles and organised criminals” while frustrating law enforcement by locking out the police, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary said.

Source: Tech companies are bringing regulation on themselves by using encryption, warns UK’s top police watchdog | The Independent

Why the ‘encryption exception’ may be over used

EU General Data Protection Regulation and some U.S. state laws provides the “encryption exception” – it can be used to exempt a company from breach reporting and notification obligations if data was encrypted and the key had not also been compromised.

The reasoning is that encryption preserves confidentiality – even for stolen data – by rendering it unreadable. But it’s not really true.

Source: Why the ‘encryption exception’ may be over used

Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw

Security experts are at odds over how to respond to new research showing hackers could decrypt emails that were supposed to be protected by a popular encryption tool known as PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy.

Source: The Cybersecurity 202: Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw – The Washington Post

Attention PGP Users: New Vulnerabilities Require You To Take Action Now

A group of European security researchers have released a warning about a set of vulnerabilities affecting users of PGP and S/MIME. EFF has been in communication with the research team, and can confirm that these vulnerabilities pose an immediate risk to those using these tools for email communication, including the potential exposure of the contents of past messages.

Source: Attention PGP Users: New Vulnerabilities Require You To Take Action Now | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors.

Source: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show – Motherboard

EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages

The European commission is seeking to force technology companies wherever they are based in the EU to hand over emails, text messages and app communications of terror suspects within hours of a court order.

Under the plans, judges in one member state will be able to seize electronic evidence held on a service provider in another European country through a transnational European production order.

Source: EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages | World news | The Guardian

Russian court blocks popular messaging app in privacy row

A Russian court on Friday ordered the blocking of a popular messaging app, Telegram, after it rejected to share its encryption data with authorities.

The Moscow court on Friday ruled in favor of the Russian communications watchdog, which had demanded that Telegram be blocked in Russia until it hands over the keys to its encryption.

Source: Russian court blocks popular messaging app in privacy row

Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in ‘advanced stages’

The Australian government is pushing ahead with controversial legislation it says will create “back doors” into encrypted communication services – but still can’t say when it will introduce the bill.

After originally aiming to have the legislation before parliament in the first quarter of this year, the government has delayed its introduction. A spokesman for the acting attorney general, Marise Payne, would only say it was in “the advanced stages of development”.

Source: Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in ‘advanced stages’ | Technology | The Guardian

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