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New encryption policy updated-2019

May 3, 2019

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Western intelligence allies have presented a united front in the fight against encryption. The 5 countries i.e. US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have issued a new Statement of Principles signifying the push for a “lawful access” to any of the private data to be more than ever. While the government has acknowledged that data encryption is valuable, they contended that encrypted data use need to be rare. This is all in the hope that companies would offer legal clarifications voluntarily, but asserted “legislative, technological, enforcement, or any other measures for forcing access if this tech industry did not cooperate.

These countries stated that any such measures would honor the privacy laws, but also argued that these laws would allow them to search for residences and cars along with giving them the permission to acquire any private information that reckoned lawfully necessary. The Privacy laws should prevent any unlawful or arbitrary interference, but its privacy is not at all absolute, stated by the group. Also, they also insisted that encryption was letting crime mobs and terrorists “frustrate the investigations in order to avoid any detection or prosecution.

This statement avoids direct calling of backdoors, but it then reiterates the same what got argued in the past. Basically they want tech the firms to escape encryption whenever wherever possible, elsewise give a law enforcement allowing spy agencies a guaranteed access to the user’s information (while denying the same access to the hackers). Well, this thing may set up a big issue in future where user’s data should not be compromised, making data encryption extremely vital to privacy and that the government would be violating the civil rights by commanding the access to user’s data.

Watching the global trends keenly, the policymakers have provided ample of food to think about. Apple lately announced that the iCloud data of all the Chinese users would be relocated to its China servers operated by the Chinese partner company. Possibly more importantly, the news that the encryption keys being held by the Chinese partner has been confirmed, which is a visibly direct subject to the China’s stringent cybersecurity laws including a mandatory call to decrypt data whenever required. Also, surely the not so unnoticed, recent Australian draft law on law enforcement and encryption data access. The propositions of this system, where the government can make the encrypted platforms enable access to the customer’s data. While this new policy would possibly not force the companies to halt End-to-end encryption, but it would cast a great impact of data privacy of users. And for what happened in the United States, i.e. the impending court conflict between the Facebook and FBI over breaking its encryption in the Facebook Messenger promises to cast an enormous matter of questions for the internet users.


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