by Brandon Butler
Five Eyes asking for encryption backdoors, again 10/11/2020

Catalin Cimpanu for ZDNet:

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 Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively. […]

Officials said they are committed to working with tech companies on developing a solution that allows users to continue using secure, encrypted communications, but also allows law enforcement and tech companies to crack down on criminal activity. […]

And there’s the issue, once law enforcement has backdoor access to the encrypted data, it’s no longer secure. Once that secret key or backdoor access leaks — and it will — it’s only a matter of time before China and Russia and North Korea are reading our iMessage and WhatsApp chats. And it may not even be an intentional inside leak; you can fill your department with the most loyal, patriotic workers you can find, but negligence could still cause the leak.

Signal, a very popular E2EE messaging app, is operated out of the United Arab Emirates, and if these governments continue pushing for backdoors then anyone concerned about their privacy — journalists, businesses, and criminals alike — will simply use software created in countries without these ridiculous backdoors.