SAN FRANCISCO (reuters) – The international police organisation Interpol is planning to condemn the spread of strong encryption, in a statement on Monday saying that it is protecting child sex predators, and up to three people briefed on the matter told Reuters.
FILE PHOTO: A man passes an Interpol logo during the handing over ceremony of the new premises for Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation, research and development facility, in Singapore September 30, 2014. (REUTERS photo/Edgar Su/File Photo
At the group’s conference to be held in Lyon, France, on Friday, an Interpol official said in a previous version of the resolution introduced by the united states Federal Bureau of Investigation would have to be released without a formal vote by the representatives of some 60 countries are in attendance, the sources said.
The echo of a joint letter last month from the top officials of the law enforcement in the United States, canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and the larger group cite difficulties in catching child sexual predators, as the basis for the companies in opening up the communication between the user and the authorities have to handle court warrants.
Service providers, application developers, and manufacturers in the development and implementation of products and services, and with a bit of code that would effectively conceal the sexual exploitation of children in their platforms,” a draft of the resolution, seen by Reuters, said.
“Tech firms should also be mechanisms in the design of their encrypted products and services and in which government, acting with legal authority, can obtain access to the data in a readable and usable format.”
Interpol did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday. The FBI referred questions to Interpol.
In the cooperative enforcement of the laws of association, it is the most well-known for helping the countries, helping one another in the capture of the suspects out of their jurisdiction to do so. The new policy will not have the force of law, but, instead, is aimed at increasing the pressure on the tech companies.
It can provide greater political cover for countries to have laws or rules barring non-breakable encryption, private companies, and to be able to hack their own users, both of which are anathema to the vast US global vendors such as Apple and Google.
In both the United Kingdom and Australia, have recently passed laws to move in that direction, although it is not clear how widely they will be applied. The AMERICAN battles were fought, in a sealed court proceeding, without a major parliamentary action.
Interpol is joining the political struggle, it is worthy of note, because of the group, with Russia and the other countries are no rules against mass surveillance, or to spy on political minorities and political activist.
“This is a proposal, it will be in danger from the people who rely on strong encryption to keep them safe, including from hackers and repressive regimes,” said a spokesman for Facebook, which is among the tech companies in Lyon for a conference. It may also be a result, online safety and more than a million people.”
Facebook, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram have been moved to the front of the political struggle this year with the announcement of plans to use the popular Messenger communications service is encrypted end-to-end, so that neither Facebook, nor the enforcement of the law, the content can be viewed, unless they have access to one of the endpoint devices.
Since this is one of the most valuable sources of information on child predators, the first step was provoked in October, a joint letter from three of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, which includes New Zealand and Australia.
Tech activists are pointing to the past as an abuse of a “privileged access” to the government, are concerned about the political and legislative trend, and the acceleration of the weekend. As a global company that offers to hack options under the legal system of one’s nation, as they say, in other countries it will be a question and receive the same level of access, may be in the world.
“The idea that the united states is so concerned about the legitimate and exceptional access to the end-to-end data encryption, that is, they are willing to distribute to almost any country in the world, including in authoritarian states, where we don’t share information, it is very difficult for me,” said Andrew Crocker, a lawyer at the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“For those in power in Russia, China, and other authoritarian states, it is a complete forfeiture of the duty of the government to protect us.”
Reporting by Joseph Menn; editing by Diane Craft