Re: I love how
The judge is indeed asking that messages (for the "criminals") be recorded before encryption and handed to authorities. Well, not asking... ordering.
Is this on-going (i.e. a request to change it) or for an case on trial where they want stuff that it is too late to change?
And no, she is not trying to bypass parliament, as the law that allows her to demand such things already exists.
I think the point is this does not already exist for WhatsApp, and the system was designed that way to avoid criminals, spooks and nosy ISPs from listening in. In effect she is demanding that a change is made to back-door the system for surveillance purposes. The question is whether or not there is an existing law that applies to over-the-top suppliers like WhatsApp that mandates such access. Do they clearly fall under telecoms regulation, for example, where this is often that case, or not?
If not she is trying to make properly functioning encryption in software illegal by the back door of punishing a supplier for not having the ability to sneak in to its customers data, and not by parliament making that an explicit aspect of law.