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U.S. judge keeps documents secret in Facebook encryption case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid by two civil rights groups that had sought to force the release of documents describing a secret U.S. government effort to compel Facebook Inc to decrypt voice conversations between users on its Messenger app. Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration The issue arose in a joint federal and state investigation into activities of the MS-13 gang in Fresno, California, revolving…

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Australia data encryption laws explained

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australian police can now order tech firms to access the encrypted messages of suspects Australia has passed controversial laws designed to compel technology companies to grant police and security agencies access to encrypted messages. The government says the laws, a world first, are necessary to help combat terrorism and crime. However critics have listed wide-ranging concerns, including that the laws could undermine the overall security and privacy of users. The laws were rushed through parliament on its final day of the year. The Labor…

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