Over 30 global organisations, including ISOC, Access Now, APC, EFF, and WWW Foundation, have signed “A Joint Call to World Leaders for a Secure and Trusted Digital Economy” - an open letter to G7 leaders asking them to prioritise digital security and not undermine encryption.
During the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University, Attorney General William Barr during his keynote address tried to reassure that total encryption and privacy is a wicked problem to protect society from criminal activity.
Authorities of Kazakhstan have asked all major local ISPs to demand their customers to install government-issued root certificates. Some major ISPs have started re-directing all users’ HTTPS requests to a page which provides instructions for installing the national root certificates.
Forty-seven tech companies, civil society organisations and international experts - including Apple, Microsoft, Google, WhatsApp, Human Rights Watch, ISOC and Privacy International - jointly raised concerns over the idea, dubbed ‘Ghost proposal’, raised by the UK intelligence agency GCHQ to eavesdrop on encrypted communications.
In the beginning of May, WhatsApp discovered that the service was used to install a sophisticated surveillance malware on an unknown number of smartphones.
The Australian Parliament has adopted the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019.
According to India Today, Indian authorities are working on amending the IT Act in parts related to liabilities of intermediaries, to allow the government to monitor and remove user content and messages, including encrypted ones.