by Brandon Butler
ACLU Asking How Facebook Beat a Wiretap 4/28/2020

Edvard Pettersson for Bloomberg:

Facebook Inc. in 2018 beat back federal prosecutors seeking to wiretap its encrypted Messenger app. Now the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to find out how.

The entire proceeding was confidential, with only the result leaking to the press. Lawyers for the ACLU and the Washington Post on Tuesday asked a San Francisco-based federal court of appeals to unseal the judge’s decision, arguing the public has a right to know how the law is being applied, particularly in the area of privacy.

“It’s already publicly known that the Justice Department can’t wiretap Facebook’s messaging services,” Jennifer Granick, an attorney representing the ACLU, told the judges. “What isn’t known is the reason why.”

Seems strange that the US government can basically wiretap any criminal except Facebook. (Rimshot.)