A pair of officials from the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters published a paper on a potential solution to the law enforcement encryption debate, The Washington Post reports. The officials propose service providers add “silent” users to conversations on encrypted messaging apps, such as WhatsApp and Signal. “You end up with everything still being end-to-end encrypted, but there’s an extra ‘end’ on this particular communication,” the officials wrote. Johns Hopkins University Computer Science Professor Matthew Green called the proposal a bad idea, stating it will create new security vulnerabilities and force apps to lie to their users. Carnegie-Mellon University Computer Scientist Lorrie Cranor, CIPT, said the plan could be reasonable as long as it follows the appropriate legal processes and users are aware the option exists. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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