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Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance Argues that Governments Should be Able to Spy on Your Online Encrypted Activities via “Backdoors”

The governments of Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand have made the strongest statement yet that they intend to force technology providers to provide lawful access to users’ encrypted communications. Of course, if governments can spy on your private communications via “backdoors,” it won’t be long before even enemy governments, credit card thieves, hackers around the world, and probably even your ex-spouse’s attorney will be able to do the same. Secrets don’t remain secret forever. There is no proof or even any suggestion that secret backdoors will remain secret for long.

According to an article by Juha Saarinen in the ItNews web site:

At the Five Country Ministerial meeting on the Gold Coast last week, security and immigration ministers put forward a range of proposals to combat terrorism and crime, with a particular emphasis on the internet. As part of that, the countries that share intelligence with each other under the Five-Eyes umbrella agreement, intend to “encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services.” Such solutions will apply to products and services operated in the Five-Eyes countries which could legislate to compel their implementation. “Should governments continue to encounter impediments to lawful access to information necessary to aid the protection of the citizens of our countries, we may pursue technological, enforcement, legislative or other measures to achieve lawful access solutions,” the Five-Eyes joint statement on encryption said.

You can read more about this ridiculous proposal at

Categories: Encryption, Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. That’s the crap we deal with nowadays. However, thanks to pioneers of the web, the Internet is still resistant to the whims and fancies of ‘Big Brother’ countries- that’s where my blog/archive, ‘Hiding Online’ comes in. Regular updates to an expanding list of hacks, tips & tricks for hiding while online. Also check me out at , My social feed.


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