UK Cops Win Ruling to Gain Warrantless Access to Stored Encrypted Phone Chats
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In an important decision that bolsters UK law enforcement surveillance of encrypted phones, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled that the National Crime Agency (NCA) "did not fail in any material respect in fulfilling the duty of candour" when it obtained a targeted equipment interference (TEI) warrant allowing it to access private messages stored on encrypted phone company EncroChat’s devices.
These communications were eventually used as evidence to arrest nearly 3,000 people in Britain. The tribunal also said the NCA was not legally required to obtain a bulk equipment interference warrant to obtain the EncroChat messages lawfully. But the tribunal told the NCA it must use a different type of TEI warrant to obtain communications on devices in transit.
"It is clear that a TEI warrant cannot authorise conduct …
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