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Kirstjen Nielsen, Foreign Counterparts Issue Joint Statement on Encryption at Five Country Ministerial

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and counterparts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K. have issued a joint statement that lays out a framework to engage and discuss with industry the challenges and benefits of encryption.

Security officials and attorneys general under the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance released the Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption at this year’s Five Country Ministerial in Australia, DHS said Thursday.

The statement seeks to address data access challenges posed by encryption to law enforcement and intelligence agencies through the implementation of three principles: mutual responsibility; rule of law and due process; and freedom of choice for lawful access platforms.

The officials agreed to work together to safeguard critical infrastructure and further build up collaboration between cyber offices to improve cyber threat monitoring efforts.

They also announced plans to form a new group, Aviation Security 5, to streamline information sharing about threats to the aviation sector.

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