As if the Five Eyes countries weren’t enough, now the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, during the G20 meeting in Germany, will try to push what they did at the Five Eyes meeting: seek support into forcing technology companies to break into encrypted communication between potential terrorists.
He is going to demand much greater cooperation from G20 leaders when it comes to compelling the major Internet service providers to give police and security agencies access to encrypted data.
He says: “Just as we are able with appropriate legal authority, with a court order, with a warrant to get access to communications or confidential material it might be residing in the filing cabinet somewhere, so access should be able to be had to information or messaging that is currently being encrypted.”
The person who’s said that encrypted communication services are “mankind blessing” and has been using them for his own communication, now is demanding that they provide some kind of access to them only for potential criminals.
“We are in a position now where increasingly police and security agencies can intercept telecommunications, but they cannot read them.”
Intelligence agencies no matter how much frustrated by the increasing use of encrypted messaging services, must be aware that terrorists will be able to find a way to communicate securely and avoid detection, even if given access to the well-known encrypted services.
And the damage that can be done by weakening encryption in any way is way lot grater because not only we protect our communication with encryption, but we use it to do our banking, conduct local and global business, run our power grids, operate communications networks, and do almost everything else.
Will the Internet Society be heard?
Few months ago the Internet Society, aware of this international position about the encryption, argued that “strong encryption is an essential piece to the future of the world’s economy”.
In their blog post aimed at the G20 leaders, the President/CEO Kathryn Brown wrote:
“Encryption is a technical building block for securing infrastructure, communications and information. It should be made stronger and universal, not weaker.
However, rather than being recognized as the way to secure our online transactions or our conversations, all too often the debate focuses on the use of encryption as a way to thwart law enforcement.
To undermine the positive role of encryption in the name of security could have devastating consequences.”
Also, at the European Parliament and of the Council was presented draft report from the European Parliament concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications where it is proposed that “all communication data shall be transmitted end-to-end encrypted and encryption or backdooring shall be prohibited”.
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