A federal judge ruled on Monday to keep the details of a failed US government forcing Facebook to decrypt Facebook messenger calls a secret.
The American Civil Liberties Union, backed by the Washington Post and Facebook itself, was involved in a lawsuit to unseal government decipherment documents, Reuters reports. US District Judge Lawrence O'Neill kept the documents secret and decided that they would interfere with law enforcement techniques and possibly undermine an ongoing investigation if made public.
This decree, last year, to decode Facebook, was the decision before the Silicon Valley giant successfully sued. The order originated from an investigation into the activities of the MS-13 gang on Facebook Messenger in California.
Last year in support of an order to force Facebook to decrypt Messenger, FBI agent Ryan Yetter wrote under oath that "there is currently. There is no practical method by which law enforcement agencies can monitor 'voice calls via messenger'
"We support the calls from ACLU and The Post to unlock information in this case because it is important for the public to understand how governments are sharing services such as Facebook sharing information from people," a Facebook spokesperson said Gizmodo. "We review the decision of the court."
Due to the recent decision of Judge O & # 39; Neill, the details of the public are not known. He wrote that the participants in the specific phone calls that underlie this case were eventually arrested and that, according to Richter, the full investigation is still ongoing.
The lawsuit was based on the US government's argument that telecom companies are required by law to allow law enforcement agencies to access calls under federal law for wiretapping. Facebook objected that Messenger was uninsured because it relied solely on Internet connectivity.
Judge O'Neill ruled that the government's interest in maintaining the secrecy of their investigations and in preventing potential subjects from being abandoned or changing behavior in order to prevent an ongoing process was underpinned by public inquiry Interest in sharing the documents.
Here is the judgment of Judge O'Neil in full:
Update, 9:45 pm PT: Added comment from Facebook spokesman.