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  • A transnational coalition of intelligence agencies called for tech companies to weaken encryption standards.
  • The tension of end-to-end encryption highlights the power tech companies have amassed to establish consumer privacy norms. 
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Over the weekend, the transnational alliance of intelligence agencies Five Eyes called for tech companies to provide law enforcement agencies with backdoor access to data transmitted via end-to-end encryption (E2EE).

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Apple has attempted to protect consumer privacy against perceived threats from competitors and the US government.

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Japan and India also signed the statement from Five Eyes, whose member nations include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US. With E2EE, only message senders and receivers can access the transmitted data—by definition, E2EE doesn’t allow for backdoors, which enable

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