Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Sep 2018 21:14 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

The US, UK, and three other governments have called on tech companies to build backdoors into their encrypted products, so that law enforcement will always be able to obtain access. If companies don't, the governments say they "may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures" in order to get into locked devices and services.

Their statement came out of a meeting last week between nations in the Five Eyes pact, an intelligence sharing agreement between the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The nations issued a statement covering a range of technology-related issues they face, but it was their remarks on encryption that stood out the most.

Break encryption, or we'll break you.

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I guess I will make sure to encrypt my mythical Terrorist Crime Net(TM) with Open Source software.

This works, so long as owners get root & sideload access to their devices to install unencumbered crypto. Otherwise, owners are SOL if government tells app stores to remove the software from official channels. Being open source becomes irrelevant when someone else holds the keys to the software you get to install on your device.

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