Seven Countries Ask Facebook to Access Users' WhatsApp Messages

Japan joined the Five Eyes intelligence services alliance to ask Facebook for access to

user correspondence in WhatsApp. This is supposedly needed to combat terrorism and child trafficking.

Facebook is currently encrypting contentuser message. The Five Eyes Alliance, which includes the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, as well as Japan and India, issued a statement that the company should change its encryption methods on Messenger and WhatsApp.

Alliance members say they understand in a statementthe importance of protecting users' privacy, but Facebook must strike a balance between privacy and protecting security. Seven countries expect the company to release an encryption bypass that will allow messages to be read in the event of an emergency.