Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications.
The statement is the alliance’s latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption backdoors.
Just like before, government officials claim tech companies have put themselves in a corner by incorporating end-to-end encryption (E2EE) into their products.
If properly implemented, E2EE lets users have secure conversations — may them be chat, audio, or video — without sharing the encryption key with the tech companies.
Representatives from the seven governments argue that the way E2EE encryption is currently supported on today’s major tech platforms prohibits law enforcement from investigating crime rings, but also the tech platforms themselves from enforcing their own terms of service.
Signatories argue that “particular implementations of encryption technology” are currently posing challenges to law enforcement investigations, as the tech platforms themselves can’t access some communications and provide needed data to investigators.
This, in turn, allows a safe haven for criminal activity and puts the safety of “highly vulnerable members of our societies like sexually exploited children” in danger, officials argued.
Let’s be clear here:
- There is no way for a backdoored system to be secure. This means that not only do you give access to the government police services, secret services, stazi and thought police who can persecute you for being jewish or thinking the “wrong way” (eg being homosexual or communist), you also give criminal networks, scam artists, discontented exes and foreign government free reign to run around your private content
- You have a right to privacy and you need it. It’s fundamental to being able to think creatively and the only way in which societies advance. If thought is policed by some random standard then deviations which lead to change will be surpressed. Stasis leads to economic collapse among other things, even if those at the top will be collecting more and more wealth for themselves.
- We as a society cannot “win” or become “better” by emulating the societies that we are competing against, that represent values and behaviours that we disagree with. Becoming a police state doesn’t protect us from other police states.