The United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New
Zealand, will meet in the Canadian city of Ottawa next week,
where they will discuss tactics to combat terrorism and border
protection, two senior Australian ministers said.
Australia has made it clear it wants tech companies to do much
more to give intelligence and law enforcement agencies access to
“I will raise the need to address ongoing challenges posed by
terrorists and criminals using encryption,” Australian Attorney
General Senator Brandis said in a joint statement.
“These discussions will focus on the need to cooperate with
service providers to ensure reasonable assistance is provided to
law enforcement and security agencies.”
Tech firms such as Apple <AAPL.O> and Facebook <FB.O>, which
owns encrypted messaging service WhatsApp, have been criticized
in the United Kingdom and United States for not doing enough to
crackdown on so-called dark spaces where extremists can
Industry involvement in thwarting the encryption of terrorist
messaging will be a priority for Australia at the gathering,
Senator Brandis said.
(Reporting by Harry Pearl; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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