The US and UK governments are seeking mandatory backdoors in online communication applications, asking tech companies to help them identify terrorists and child abusers by allowing “customized access” to encrypted user data.
Last week, immigration and security ministers of the Five Eyes nations — an intelligence alliance comprising the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand—gathered in Australia’s city of Gold Coast to discuss new technological challenges.
In a joint Statement of Principles, the group claimed that privacy, while necessary, was “not absolute” and did not prevent governments’ rights to freely access user information.
“The Governments of the Five Eyes encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services that they create or operate in our countries,” the statement added.
The Five Eyes noted that instead of…