Brazil arrested but now just freed a Facebook executive in Brazil when the company’s WhatsApp subsidiary could or would not intercept messages connected to a drug investigation. Dom Phillips and Ellen Nakashima report here early Wednesday.
WhatsApp operates separately from Facebook, so the arrest sounds even more problematic. So are the temporary shutdowns. And Brazil has also been trying to demand encryption breaks for investigations in child pornography.
So the feud between the US DOJ and Apple is symptomatic of a problem likely to occur all over the world. Wouldn’t European and the British governments want the same back door to investigate terror attacks?