An Orwellian World.

Undoubtedly, global terrorism is a formidable challenge nowadays. However, this does not mean that the states should have access to their citizens' online activities without any barriers or limitations whatsoever. The 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance's demand from the tech companies to insert 'backdoors' in encrypted apps is hugely problematic.

If tech companies yield to the pressure exerted on them from the allied nations, law enforcement agencies will be able to access an individual's online activity at any time, even in hitherto 'secure' apps such as Telegram, Signal and Whatsapp. Many of the tech companies are American, with hundreds of millions of users around the world. The introduction of 'backdoors' in encrypted apps will also violate the right to privacy of citizens of other states.

Indeed, we are rushing to enter the age of digital surveillance where a user's online privacy will no longer be protected. The tech companies must resist the unjust demand of the intelligence alliance. Chances that the states, while accessing a person's internet usage, will abuse the right to privacy and use the 'backdoors' as a new tool of control cannot be ruled out at all. The breach of an individual's privacy is just one of the...

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