“Five Eyes” requests access to encrypted apps


The end-to-end encryption represents a challenge for public security, according to the secret service network “Five Eyes”.
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Government representatives from America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand are committed to protecting privacy. End-to-end encryption should not, however, prevent cyber crime from being effectively combated.

Dhe states of the secret service network “Five Eyes” have appealed to the tech industry to give them access to the content of encrypted apps for law enforcement purposes. Although privacy on the Internet must be protected, this should not mean that the security authorities as well as the technology companies themselves “cannot take action against the most serious illegal online content and activities”, government representatives of the five states said in a joint meeting on Sunday Statement.

The end-to-end encryption in apps like that Facebook Messenger, Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp represent a “significant challenge for public safety”, it says in the communiqué. The government officials appealed to companies in criminal prosecution cases to make the relevant content available to the authorities in a “readable and usable format”.

Government officials expressed their willingness to work with the companies concerned to “develop appropriate proposals” that would allow technology companies and governments to protect citizens and their privacy, guarantee cybersecurity and human rights, while supporting technological innovations.

It is the strongest public appeal to date from governments to the Internet industry to open a back door to encrypted content for them. The “Five Eyes” group includes the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, whose secret services cooperate particularly closely with one another. The declaration was also signed by India and Japan.

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