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AG Barr Requests Delay of Facebook’s Full Encryption Plan

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Last Thursday, October 3, an open letter to Facebook was uploaded on Buzzfeed. In the open letter, facebook was warned by the Attorney General William Barr, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and two more law enforcement top official from Australia and the UK to allow law enforcement officers to have access to the users of Facebook’s messaging apps- Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, when given federal authority to do so.

In the open letter, the top security officials discussed how the government is open for consultation regarding the use of full encryption. However, they also mention that Facebook hasn’t addressed yet their serious concerns regarding the matter. The open letter also discussed how the need for balance to protect the data of the company’s users and the law enforcement’s need to gain access to information when they are investigating serious crimes or preventing a crime from happening. It also stated that companies should not prevent law enforcement access from content that could be a serious crime as these steps can put the general public at risk and prevent law enforcement officers from protecting the people and doing their job.

Facebook’s response to the open letter has reiterated that their main priority is to protect their user’s privacy. Facebook’s Spokeperson, Andy Stone has said that “end-to-end encryption” of messages is already being used. He also said that Facebook strongly opposes building a back door in their encryptions as this puts the user’s security and privacy at risk.

Silicon Valley also has had strong resistance against the open letter. Especially form the tech advocacy group Computer and Communications Industry Association or CCIA. They believe that companies should be encouraged to use a high-level standard of security. Something that users expect to get from their mobiles and devices. They also reiterated that encryption is important for the security and privacy of people. It also has a positive impact on economic prosperity.

Meanwhile, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace encourages both parties- the law enforcement and private companies, to continue their dialogue in order to find the middle ground in this vexing problem.

Dan is a software developer with experience in designing, development, and delivery of Android apps. His key skills include knowledge of Core Java, JSON & XML Parsing. He's also a keyboardist. So, either you’ll find him at her desk busy in building mobile apps or at a composing music in his home studio. He contributes his ideas on tech at PressReels as an author. You can contact him at Danreels@gmail.com

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Death after unmasked arrest – Mexico Floyd

The official reason for the arrest revealed by the police is not known, but the video footage posted on social media at the time of the arrest suggests that the reason is “not wearing a mask.”

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Amid a stir across the U.S. over the “George Floyd” incident that killed white police abuses, similar cases of abuse of public power have been revealed in Mexico, sparking public outrage.

The daily El Universal has been protesting against the incident since it was belatedly revealed that construction worker Giovanni Lopez died the next day after being arrested by police in Guadalajara, western Mexico, on April 4.

The official reason for the arrest revealed by the police is not known, but the video footage posted on social media at the time of the arrest suggests that the reason is “not wearing a mask.”

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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street

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Nobel Prize Honjo, a professor at Kyoto University – 22.6 billion yen in legal battles

Professor Honjo plans to file a lawsuit against Ono Pharmaceutical Industry to increase the distribution ratio of patent fees in 2006.

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Dasuku Honjo, a professor at Kyoto University who won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will fight a 250 billion won legal battle with a Japanese pharmaceutical company that makes and sells cancer treatments that reflect his research results.

Professor Honjo plans to file a lawsuit against Ono Pharmaceutical Industry to increase the distribution ratio of patent fees in 2006.

Ono Pharmaceutical Industry Co., which reportedly proposed a donation of up to 30 billion yen to Kyoto University as a compromise last year, responded to Professor Honjo’s press conference by saying, “We cannot comment because we do not understand the contents,” Kyodo News reported.

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