United Kingdom criticism on eavesdropping on conversations encrypted

Rejected a group of 47 of the largest technology companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, WhatsApp, the proposal made by the security services in the United Kingdom to create a system that prevents the British government access to messages people encrypted.

The company said: the proposal made by the staff of the agency GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters in the UK – to add the “Ghost Protocol” as a recipient cryptic messages that could threaten basic human rights.

He suggested two of the senior staff of the GCHQ in the UK a system that allows the British government to read encrypted messages sent by terrorists and criminals by adding a security appliance as a recipient of Hefei, can not be discovered by the sender or recipient of the message intended.

Instead of breaking encrypted chat apps – a move that led to the confrontation between Apple and the FBI through 2016 – the technical will send a copy of the letter to a third party (the government).

Sought proposal from the GCHQ to avoid forcing companies to break encryption products to provide information to the police, said the authors of the proposal: if this solution is not more attractive than current practices about eavesdropping on telephone conversations is not encrypted.

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Refused to technology companies, along with a number of civil society groups and security experts and groups to defend privacy, in a letter Open proposal publicly, they are called agency GCHQ to focus on the protection of privacy rights and cyber security, public trust and transparency.

Warned companies that the proposal of the GCHQ will require of encoded applications, such as WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, and iMessage owned by Apple, mislead users, and the conversation is confidential to the group conversation with the police.

The letter said: you think the vast majority of users trust the service providers to perform authentication, and verify that the participants in the conversation are the people themselves only, and includes the proposal of GCHQ total sabotage of a relationship of trust, the process of authentication as a whole.

But the letter did not raise fully all the proposals submitted by agency GCHQ, it has agreed with the six principles identified by the security services last year, which included the importance of privacy and transparency, stating: the principles of GCHQ is an important step in the right direction.

Ian Levy Ian Levy, technical director for the National Center for internet security NCSC and one of the authors suggested GCHQ, in response to the letter: we welcome replies to our request for ideas on exceptional access to data, we will continue to work with the parties concerned, and we look forward to the discussions to reach the best possible solutions.


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