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    India joins Five Eyes, Japan in demanding backdoor into WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted chats

    India joined the Five Eyes alliance and the governments of Japan on Sunday in asking big tech companies to find a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications. The seven governments have required backdoors in end-to-end encrypted chats as end-to-end encryption prevents authorities from investigating serious crimes and issues such as national security.

    The Five Eyes intelligence alliance companies are made up of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019.

    Representatives of the seven governments said the need for encryption backdoors not only for encrypted instant messaging applications, but also for device encryption, custom encrypted applications and encryption on integrated platforms.

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    The statement found that technology companies themselves cannot identify and respond to violations of their terms of service which include responses to illegal content and activities on its platform, including child sexual exploitation and abuse, violent crime, terrorist propaganda, and attack planning. .

    It also found that end-to-end encryption makes it difficult for law enforcement to “access content in limited circumstances, where necessary and proportionate to investigate serious crime and protect national security.”

    “We are asking technology companies to work with governments to take the following steps, focusing on reasonable and technically feasible solutions,” the seven governments said in a press release:

    – Incorporate public safety into systems design, thereby enabling companies to act against illegal content and activities effectively without reducing security, and facilitating the investigation and prosecution of crime and safeguarding the vulnerable;

    – Allow law enforcement to access content in a readable and usable format where an authorization is legally issued, is necessary and proportionate and is subject to strong guarantees and supervision; is

    – Engage in consultation with governments and other stakeholders to facilitate legal access in a way that is substantial and genuinely affects design decisions.

    The statement found that encryption is vital and privacy and cybersecurity must be protected, but should not come at the expense of “completely preventing law enforcement and the tech industry itself from taking action against illegal content and activities. more serious online. “

    End-to-end encryption means that messages are only visible to the sender and recipient, and not even to the technology company providing them, such as WhatsApp or third parties.

    In addition to end-to-end encrypted chats, the seven governments have required backdoors in device encryption, custom encrypted applications, and embedded platform encryption.

    News Underline:

    • India has joined the Five Eyes intelligence alliance and Japan by demanding access to end-to-end encrypted chats from tech companies.
    • Representatives noted that technology companies themselves cannot identify and respond to violations of their terms of service.
    • This includes illegal content and activities on technology platforms, including child sexual exploitation and abuse, violent crime, terrorist propaganda, and attack planning.
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