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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Security flaws in applications and operating systems leading to unintentional back-doors are patched once discovered.

Introducing official back-doors into device encryption code is probably the most dangerous of all. The mere mention of their existence will entice non-law-abiding entities and individuals to seek them out. Furthermore, such official back-doors will be, by design and under the law, un-patchable.

No matter what, it will be difficult to achieve a reasonable balance between privacy rights and public safety.

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