The U.S. Government Wants to Wiretap Facebook Messenger in an MS-13 Case
An ongoing case in California has pitted Facebook against the US Justice Department, who wants Facebook to share decrypted voice messages as part of an investigation on the gang MS-13. Details of the case are sealed, but sources indicate that Facebook may be held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with demands of law enforcement. Facebook has argued that it does produce information for around 75% of these requests, but that in this case where the messages had been encrypted, it would either have to re-write the code for the entire application or hack the specified user accounts. The outcome of the case will likely carry significant implications for the wider tech industry, with a pro-government ruling weakening encryption and other privacy protections.