India and Japan join Five-Eyes push to break end-to-end encryption
The continuing effort by the Five-Eyes intelligence alliance to introduce backdoors in end-to-end encryption used to secure communications between messaging app users has received a boost with India and Japan joining the campaign.
In a statement published this weekend, the US, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan called for legal access to content in a readable and usable format where necessary, subject to strong safeguards and oversight.
However, such access must not come at the cost of weakened security for users, the seven countries said.
“We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security,” the countries wrote.
“Encryption also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the UN Human Rights Council.
“Encryption is an existential anchor of trust in the digital world and we do not support counter-productive and dangerous approaches that would materially weaken or limit security systems.”