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Australian PM seeks access to encrypted messages

The Australian government says it wants new laws to force tech firms such as Apple and Facebook to provide access to encrypted messages. Some apps such as WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, making messages unreadable if intercepted. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that encrypted messaging apps could be used by criminals and terrorists. But security experts say strong encryption protects citizens’ privacy. What’s the issue? Many countries, including Australia, have laws in place that can force messaging services to hand over a suspect’s communications to police with an appropriate…

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BBC investigates how intruders gained access to studio

The BBC is investigating after several people gained unauthorised access to one of its studios during a live broadcast at Broadcasting House. A group of five entered the studio at the building in central London at around 19:30 GMT on Friday. The BBC News Channel was using the studio at the time, but the intruders were not seen on air. It is understood the intruders left of their own accord. A BBC spokeswoman said no one was hurt. The spokeswoman said: “We take security very seriously and are urgently investigating…

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Brexit: UK 'could change economic model' if single market access denied

The UK may be forced to change its “economic model” if it is locked out of the single market after Brexit, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said. Mr Hammond said the government would not “lie down” and would “do whatever we have to do” to remain competitive. He had been asked by a German newspaper if the UK could become a “tax haven” by further lowering corporation tax. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn said his comments sounded like “a recipe for some kind of trade war with Europe”. Single market or customs union…

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