Cameron to press Obama for help outlawing encryption, destroying internet freedom

UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters)

UK PM David Cameron is reportedly seeking the cooperation of US president Barack Obama over Cameron's encryption crackdown. Cameron is expected to ask Obama to pressure US internet firms to work more closely with UK intelligence agencies.

Cameron will demand that US internet companies store – and then be prepared to hand over – data and content needed by the intelligence agencies "to keep us safe" when he meets the president for talks in the Oval Office on Friday morning.

A government source said: "The prime minister's objective here is to get the US companies to cooperate with us more, to make sure that our intelligence agencies get the information they need to keep us safe. That will be his approach in the discussion with President Obama – how can we work together to get them to cooperate more, what is the best approach to encourage them to do more."

Obama, who recently accused North Korea of orchestrating the cyber attack on the film studio Sony Pictures, is due to address data security in his penultimate state of the union address next week.

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