In June 2017, the political heads of intelligence agencies from the ‘Five Eyes’ countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S.) issued a joint communiqué on encryption, saying that it can “severely undermine public safety efforts” and that they have committed to “explore shared solutions” with communications and technology companies.2
This communiqué comes on the heels of worrying statements from several ministers on encryption: The UK Home Secretary has stated that end-to-end encryption in apps like WhatsApp is ‘completely unacceptable’3, while the Australian Prime Minister has proposed a law to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted messages.4
If Five Eyes countries move to ban encryption completely, it would mean an end to online commerce and communication as we know it: everything from online shopping to banking to sending private messages would no longer function securely.
And if they seek to force companies to build ‘back doors’, any ‘master key’ built to give access to security services would immediately become a target for hackers. In fact, security experts as well as technology companies like Facebook all agree that secure ‘back doors’ are not technologically possible.5
Ministers have not yet revealed exactly how they plan to crush encryption. Major tech companies like Facebook and Apple are already speaking out 6, and now these ministers need to hear from ordinary people around the world. Sign the global call now to protect our right to encryption.
Encryption in the Five Eyes countries:
Turnbull plans law to force tech giants to decrypt messages: News.com.au
Facebook rebuffs Malcolm Turnbull on laws to access encrypted messages for criminal investigations: The Sydney Morning Herald
Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don't Apply Down Under: EFF
Five Eyes agree to engage with industry on terrorists’ use of encryption: Globe and Mail
Calls for strong encryption in 'Five Eyes' countries: RNZ
Why you'll be sorry when encryption is broken: NZ Herald
UK home secretary Amber Rudd says 'real people' don't need end-to-end encryption: Business Insider
Theresa May’s crackdown on the internet will let terror in the backdoor: The Guardian
Theresa May’s repeated calls to ban encryption still won’t work: New Scientist
US efforts to regulate encryption have been flawed, government report finds: The Guardian