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French interior minister proposes ‘global initiative’ against encrypted messaging apps

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 14:26

The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has called for a “global initiative” to undermine encryption in messaging apps, reports Le Monde.

“This is a central issue in the fight against terrorism,” said Cazeneuve, “many of the messages exchanged with a view to carrying out terrorist attacks are now encrypted. It is necessary to address it at an international level because no one country on its own can take the initiative.”

The interior minister declined to give any concrete details about his proposed initiative, but said that he had sent a number of proposals to his German counterpart, with whom he plans to meet with on 23rd August.

Cazeneuve anti-encryption attitude does not appear to be shared by all members of the French government. Earlier this month, the director of the National Agency for Information System Security published a letter claiming that encryption backdoors would have a “disastrous effect”.

For more information, see: Encryption battle: France in global call to “deal with” messaging apps – Ars Technica

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