Big Brother Watch statement on Government request to prevent Facebook encryption

The proposal for a Government backdoor to global encrypted communications is one of the most damaging of the information age. It’s an attack on our ability to have private conversations online.

“Authorities already have a raft of strong powers to read the communications of targeted suspects. But seeking backdoors to Facebook platforms, which are used by the majority of the online world, would violate the privacy and security of over 2 billion people. The former heads of GCHQ and the NSA have warned against this proposal as undermining encryption would gravely damage our security. The modern communications infrastructure would be left vulnerable to major hacks by hostile states, oppressive regimes, criminals and hackers. The consequences would be disastrous.”

– Director Silkie Carlo