U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill ruled against two bids to have documents unsealed that described efforts by the U.S. government to have Facebook decrypt voice conversations on its Messenger app, Reuters reports. Law enforcement asked Facebook to decrypt the conversations as part of its investigations into the MS-13 gang. The American Civil Liberties Union argued the public’s right to know about encryption laws outweighed any criminal investigation. O’Neill ultimately ruled to keep the documents sealed. “The materials at issue in this case concern techniques that, if disclosed publicly, would compromise law enforcement efforts in many, if not all, future wiretap investigations,” O’Neill wrote. The judge added Facebook supported the ACLU’s attempt to unseal the documents, while the U.S. Department of Justice opposed.
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