Government representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia recently met to discuss domestic security issues. Afterwards they released a statement saying, among other things, that:
”It is an established principle that appropriate government authorities should be able to seek access to otherwise private information when a court or independent authority has authorized such access based on established legal standards. The same principles have long permitted government authorities to search homes, vehicles, and personal effects with valid legal authority."
In short, they want to be able to force companies to provide government back doors to for instance chat services and social networks. The reason is that they want to get access to information of criminals.
What do you think? Should anyone, you and criminals, be able to have private conversations knowing that no one can eavesdrop? Or should governments always have a right and a way to access any information if it can help them catch more criminals?
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