Apple, Google and others condemn UK plan to view encrypted chats

    Date30 May 2019
    Posted ByBrittany Day

    Major players within the tech industry have long-opposed the idea of government access to users' messages and chat conversations -- now they're continuing the fight with an open letter to GCHQ (the UK's government communication headquarters) lambasting proposals that could allow officials to eavesdrop on encrypted chats.

    Senior intelligence officials at GCHQ first introduced the idea of a "ghost protocol" back in November 2018. Instead of breaking message encryption -- a move that Apple went head to head with the FBI over back 2016 -- the technique would send a copy of the message to a third party (in this case, the government) like an email CC.

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