Five Eyes government spy ring seeks laws to make big tech companies share encrypted messages

https://www.rt.com/news/437547-five-eyes-encryption-backdoor/

A global network of intelligence agencies wants easier access to your private and encrypted messages. In a barely veiled warning to tech companies, it has promised to make things tough for those that don’t comply.

After a meeting on Australia’s Gold Coast last week, ministers for the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – known as the ‘Five Eyes’ – have shared their vision for worldwide snooping in a joint statement.

In the official communique, the ministers outline the importance of reading private messages in the fight against terrorism and crime, citing “the urgent need for law enforcement to gain targeted access to data.”

The spy chiefs paid lip service to the importance of encryption for privacy purposes, but went on in another statement to call for increased powers to access private data. Cracking your files, they argue, is no more sinister than a patrol cop searching your vehicle or house.

“Privacy laws must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but privacy is not absolute,” they said. Recognizing that some encrypted data can be nearly impossible to crack, the agency chiefs called on tech companies to turn over the keys voluntarily.

“The governments of the Five Eyes encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services,” reads the statement.

And if the companies don’t cooperate voluntarily, the Five Eyes have ways of making them talk. Stubborn companies may be hit with “technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures,” the agencies warned, without elaborating on what those measures might be.

With encryption methods growing ever more sophisticated, securing the cooperation – voluntary or otherwise – of tech companies makes the job of law enforcement and spy agencies that much easier. To that end, the ministers present at last week’s meeting invited several “senior digital industry representatives” who did not accept the invitation.

Exactly what kind of access the spy chiefs want is also unclear. It could involve developers turning over access to an individual user’s messages when requested by law enforcement, or companies installing so-called ‘backdoors’ into their hardware which could be accessed at will by governments or law enforcement.

https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/national-security/five-country-ministerial-2018

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you can read what they officially decided on at the link above..

there was scant coverage of this event form australian news outlets..thats always a sign..of a cover up..

The governments of the Five Eyes encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services,” reads the statement. And if the companies don’t cooperate voluntarily, the Five Eyes have ways of making them talk. Stubborn companies may be hit with “technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures,” the agencies warned, without elaborating on what those measures might be.”

the walls are closing in..

401

~ by seeker401 on September 5, 2018.

5 Responses to “Five Eyes government spy ring seeks laws to make big tech companies share encrypted messages”

  1. Due to Five eyes umbrella surveillance, surveillance is wide-scoped.

    FISA is not able to allow surveillance on U.S. citizens unless the citizen evidentially had contact with a foreign spy which establishes allowability and also tangents (all people who had contact with the citizen are able to be spied upon: tangent). Yet additionally, due to Five eyes umbrella surveillance, the UK is able to apply surveillance to foreigners (U.S. citizens) and through Five eyes share the surveillance with the U.S.

  2. I think since the umbrella surveillance already happens, the report in the article is referring to companies who’s sophisticated firewall systems, which keep umbrella surveillance locked out of their systems, these companies are being threatened and being demanded by Five eyes to open their computer systems to surveillance/access.

    I wonder if Five eyes is including Blockchain in their demands. Blockchain is highly encrypted.

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