Concerns Regarding Encryption

Open Letter from Law Enforcement Leaders in America, the United Kingdom, and Australia:

  • We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety and without including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens.

Written Statement by Senator Feinstein:

  • Everyone agrees that having the ability to safeguard our personal data is important. At the same time, we’ve seen criminals increasingly use technology, including encryption, in an effort to evade prosecution. We cannot let that happen. It is important that all criminals, whether foreign or domestic, be brought to justice.

Written Testimony by Cyrus R Vance, District Attorney for New York County Before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:

  • It’s deeply troubling to think the overwhelming majority of these reports [of child sexual exploitation and abuse on Facebook] would cease if child sex predators were able to “go dark” because of Facebook’s business decision. My Office, which is one of the leading anti-trafficking agencies in America, frequently relies on Facebook messages obtained through appropriate judicial process to build cases against traffickers.

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