Five country security summit calls for tech companies to prioritise public protection

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Tech companies have been advised to prioritise the protection of their users and the wider public when designing services, the UK and international security partners have warned.

In a meeting which focused on ‘emerging threats’, a theme which included drones as a category, senior ministers from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to work together with industry to tackle a range of security threats.

Newly-appointed home secretary Priti Patel joined the other representatives at the 2-day summit, known as the Five Country Ministerial.

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In a statement released on the Government’s website, the Home Office confirmed the countries had agreed to create a stronger approach to the misuse of drones, with the UK hosting an event next year to enhance cooperation.

Patel commented: “The Five Eyes are united that tech firms should not develop their systems and services, including end-to-end encryption, in ways that empower criminals or put vulnerable people at risk.”

Adding: “As governments, protecting our citizens is our top priority, which is why through the unique and binding partnership of Five Eyes we will tackle these emerging threats together.”

The Five Country Ministerial partnership will be hosted in 2020 by New Zealand.

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