Seven countries call on technology businesses to install backdoors on their products

Members of the Five Eyes alliance and India and Japan call on technology businesses to come up with a solution that allows law enforcement access to encrypted communications.

The Five Eyes Alliance is comprised of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 2018 and 2019, the alliance also called on major technology firms to agree to install backdoors. Government officials say they are in a difficult position when the enterprise integrates end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in products. If implemented correctly, E2EE will help users talk securely, whether over text, audio or video.

Representatives from the seven countries mentioned above argue that E2EE encryption on major technology platforms has prevented law enforcement from investigating crime lines. Not only that, but the firms themselves cannot enforce their own terms of service. They are unable to access some of the conversations and provide the necessary data to investigators.

According to officials, this provides a “paradise” for criminal activity and threatens the safety of the most vulnerable in society, such as children. In the press release, the seven governments called on technology firms to cooperate to find reasonable technical solutions. The government is committed to working to develop solutions that allow users to continue to use safe, secure communications while at the same time helping law enforcement and technology firms destroy illegal activity.

The seven governments are not just calling for backdoors to be installed on instant messaging apps like Messenger, but also on devices, custom-made software, and other integrated platforms.

In December 2018, Australia was the first major democracy to introduce cryptographic handling laws. The United States and Europe have also attempted to introduce similar legislation but have not been successful, mainly due to opposition from technology firms, nonprofits and the public.

Du Lam (According to ZDN)

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