May 30, 2019

Google and Apple criticise GCHQ eavesdropping idea

A proposal by the UK security agency GCHQ to eavesdrop on encrypted messages has been strongly criticised by big tech firms and rights groups. Google and Apple were among 47 firms to sign an open letter, saying it was a "Serious threat" to trust and security. The GCHQ plan would effectively mean that a copy of every encrypted message would be sent to the security services. The technique resembled the way that GCHQ currently used wiretaps to listen to unencrypted chat, said the agency. The letter said that implementing GCHQ's idea would require changes that "Undermine user security and trust" and potentially introduce vulnerabilities into messaging systems.

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