Brazil detains Fb VP after he failed to surrender consumer knowledge

Brazil detains Facebook VP after he failed to give up user data

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Apple is not the one firm in scorching water over encryption. Fb’s VP of Latin America, Diego Dzodan, was detained by police this morning in Brazil after the corporate did not adjust to a courtroom order handy over Whatsapp consumer knowledge, CNN studies. The large drawback: Whatsapp (which Fb owns) absolutely encrypts messages between customers, and it has no data of messages despatched. Even when it have been to get entry to a selected gadget, the encryption is probably going too troublesome for the corporate to crack.

“WhatsApp can’t present info we shouldn’t have,” the corporate stated in a press release. “We cooperated to the complete extent of our means on this case and whereas we respect the essential job of regulation enforcement, we strongly disagree with its choice.”

Fb acquired a courtroom order handy over the info 4 months in the past, which authorities stated was associated to a drug trafficking investigation. The Brazilian courtroom ended up issuing the order 3 times, and it began to high quality Fb round $12,600 for not following by means of, CNN reviews. That high-quality jumped to $253,000 a day final month, and on February 7 the courtroom additionally issued a warrant for Dzodan.

His detention comes after Brazilian authorities shut down Whatsapp for 2 days again in December for causes that also aren’t clear. The messaging app has has over ninety three million customers in Brazil, so it is sensible why Fb can be hesitant to lose their belief.