Facebook wants to pivot to privacy, but theres a new obstacle in its path: Attorney General William P. Barr.
Mr. Barr and other law enforcement officials in the United States, Britain and Australia are asking the technology company to scrap its much-touted plan to make all of its messaging services end-to-end encrypted by default, BuzzFeed reported last week. The move is likely the first salvo in a broader fight against programs that put users communications out of governments reach a trend that Mr. Barr this summer called unacceptable and exceptionally dangerous.
But leaving consumers information unprotected is dangerous, too. The officials say in their letter that they support a means for lawful access, otherwise known as a backdoor for authorities to enter when they come knocking with a warrant. The problem is, a door for U.S. authorities could be a door for everyone else. And everyone else wants in.
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