From 7 countries appeal to technology companies, we need “backdoors”

The United States and the United Kingdom are among the seven countries that have signed a new warning statement on the risks deriving from the most “pushed” cryptography, which keeps smartphones and chats safe from prying eyes while also preventing access to government agencies and security forces. police. The declaration – promoted by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India and Japan – once again asks technology companies to collaborate with governments and, in essence, to set up “backdoors”, that is, back doors that allow authorities to access software. and devices in case of need.

“We support advanced cryptography, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and IT security”, is the opening statement of the statement, which highlights the importance of encryption also for protect journalists and human rights defenders in repressive countries.

However, certain uses of cryptography “pose significant challenges to public safety”, such as that of “sexually exploited children”, the signatories point out.

This is why “we urge the industry to respond to our serious concerns where encryption is applied in a way that precludes any legal access to content”

The request, signed for the US by Attorney General William Barr, is the latest act in a battle that for years has seen technology companies and national authorities on opposite sides. One of the most emblematic clashes is that of 2016 between Apple and the FBI for the unlocking of the iPhone of one of those responsible for the San Bernardino massacre.