Apple, Google and WhatsApp Condemn GCHQ Proposal To Eavesdrop on Encrypted Messages
Thursday May 30, 2019. 04:40 PM , from Slashdot
Tech giants, civil society groups and Ivy League security experts have condemned a proposal from Britain's eavesdropping agency as a 'serious threat' to digital security and fundamental human rights. From a report: In an open letter to GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), 47 signatories including Apple, Google and WhatsApp have jointly urged the U.K. cybersecurity agency to abandon its plans for a so-called 'ghost protocol.' It comes after intelligence officials at GCHQ proposed a way in which they believed law enforcement could access end-to-end encrypted communications without undermining the privacy, security or confidence of other users.
Details of the initiative were first published in an essay by two of the U.K.'s highest cybersecurity officials in November 2018. Ian Levy, the technical director of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, and Crispin Robinson, GCHQ's head of cryptanalysis (the technical term for codebreaking), put forward a process that would attempt to avoid breaking encryption. The pair said it would be 'relatively easy for a service provider to silently add a law enforcement participant to a group chat or call.'
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