Representatives from the five “Five Eyes” nations (USA, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand) recently met in Australia to discuss how to gain access to your private information.
Important: Never trust Five-Eyes firms for privacy or encryption
For the most part, their plan involves compelling tech companies to provide easy “back door” access to all “private” data. Doing this will require compliance from tech firms. Of course, such compliance is expected to be voluntary, but the intelligence officials made clear that they would force unwilling firms to comply.
The governments of the Five Eyes encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services…
Also, according to RT, who has the story,
Stubborn companies may be hit with “technological, enforcement, legislative, or other measures,” the agencies warned…
In other words, Five-Eyes-based tech firms will comply with demands for encryption back doors and warrantless data transfers.
The article goes on to cite the FBI’s conflict with Apple over the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone (Read about it at the New York Times). Apple opposed the government’s request:
Mr. Cook, the chief executive at Apple, responded Wednesday morning with a blistering, 1,100-word letter to Apple customers, warning of the “chilling” breach of privacy posed by the government’s demands. He maintained that the order would effectively require it to create a “backdoor” to get around its own safeguards.
However, According to a Breitbart report, both Apple and Facebook are former clients of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and have both voluntarily handed over Paul Manafort’s information. In other words, tech companies’ commitment to online security varies depending on the political characteristics of the government’s target.
In essence, if your political and social views differ from those of Big Tech, they will help the government destroy you. On the other hand, Big Tech will likely stand with you if you belong to a “politically correct” protected class.
What this means to you
Generally speaking, the recent Five Eyes meeting tells you that Big Tech firms will accommodate any requests from Five Eyes governments for user data and decryption. In some cases, Big Tech will defend you, but don’t count on it.
Quick Tip: If you want strong encryption and privacy, NEVER use services of tech companies based in US, UK, AUS, CAN or NZ. Swiss tech companies are good.