06 July 2017

News Story: Aussie PM to lobby U.S. to take action against tech-savvy terrorists at G20 summit

CANBERRA, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will use this weekend's G20 summit to lobby U.S. President Donald Trump to act against terrorists who use encrypted messaging platforms to share information.

Describing the increasing use of encrypted messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram by terrorists as a "massive issue," Turnbull said he would be asking world leaders, specifically Trump, to ensure messaging companies follow through on the "responsibility to public safety" by handing over critical information containing terrorist chatter.

"It is (an issue) that will be the subject of some very frank discussions," Turnbull told Fairfax Media on Wednesday.

"We are in a position now where increasingly police and security agencies can intercept telecommunications, but they cannot read them.

"We need to have much greater co-operation because the terrorist threat is absolutely global."

Read the full story at Xinhua