Microsoft, Facebook, and Google said Wednesday that they won’t support a proposal to create a global government-mandated standard for encryption in 2018.
“While we have not yet been briefed on this proposal, our policy on encryption is unchanged and we will not support any efforts to weaken security standards,” the companies said in a statement.
Facebook also reiterated that it would not support a plan that would impose a worldwide government mandate for encryption, as suggested by a proposal from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
“The proposal would impose on the private sector a national security threat, which is contrary to our core values as a company,” the company said in its statement.
“We remain committed to protecting our users’ data and privacy.”
Google and Microsoft are the biggest names in the tech industry, with companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple each controlling more than 70 percent of the global Internet search market.
Microsoft and Google are the most vocal opponents of a government mandate.
The companies said Wednesday they will not allow for a government-ordered standard to be created and said that any effort to weaken encryption standards would be unacceptable.
“We believe in strong, secure encryption for our users and for the Internet,” the statement said.
“However, the government should not dictate how companies manage and safeguard our communications.
We remain committed in protecting our user data and the public interest.
We will not create a new government-backed standard that would weaken encryption.”
Microsoft and Facebook also announced that they would be introducing a new product in 2018 that will let users search for products from Microsoft and Facebook without having to have a Microsoft account.
The new product will also give users the ability to search for software without having a Microsoft credit card.