Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked messaging apps to provide access to the encrypted messages of products by tech companies like Apple, Facebook etc. Turnbull says that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists and they can’t allow internet to become a ‘dark place’ for illegal activities.
Most of the messaging apps such as Whatsapp use end to end encryption, making the messages unreadable even if they are intercepted.
Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect’s communications to police with an appropriate warrant.
However, messaging companies cannot hand over messages that have been end-to-end encrypted because they do not receive a legible copy.
He said companies had to “assist the rule of law” and provide law enforcement with access to encrypted messages. Even if this means companies to change the technical architecture of their products.
He told journalists: “The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”