According to the head of the British security agency MI5, Sir Andrew Parker, the growing use of encryption has made the Internet an “unregulated wild west, inaccessible to the authorities”. His proposal is to loosen encryption and allow law enforcement easier access to data.
Second Andrew Parker, with the use of end-to-end encryption by Apple and other technology companies has become impossible for law enforcement to monitor online conversations.
For this reason, the head of MI5 has urged technology companies to provide greater assistance to agencies and organizations that work to protect people, ensuring access to encrypted communications. Parker is primarily concerned with plans Facebook to use the end-to-end encryption on all of its social media services, due to the global reach of this decision.
Parker believes technology companies should use their skills to solve the problem, providing some sort of exceptional access to data when required by the authorities, without undermining the principles of end-to-end encryption. The MI5 chief is concerned above all about the difficulties in monitoring the conversations of alleged terrorists and preventing any attacks in Britain as in the rest of the world.
This is not the first time that British law enforcement agencies have asked for solutions to monitor encrypted communications. Apple, Google, Microsoft and WhatsApp delivered a letter in 2019 asking the UK government to abandon the idea of the so-called “Ghost protocol“, Which would have forced companies to unlock user encryption.
As already known, the problem is that to overcome end-to-end encryption the only solution is to install a backdoor on smartphones, however causing potential dangers for all users. Apple has always said it is against this initiative.