Google, Apple and Mozilla block attempts by Kazakh authorities to spy on their citizens

Major American Internet companies have blocked the root certificate, which was used by the Kazakh authorities to intercept traffic within their country. Google and Mozilla issued a joint statement announcing the blocking of the certificate in Chrome and Firefox, a little later Apple took similar steps regarding Safari.

The suspicious certificate came to the attention of the media on August 7, when Reuters published an article about a cyber tracker organized by the government of Kazakhstan. However, for the first time they started talking about this certificate back in 2015, when they tried to add it to the Mozilla trusted store. But the attempt was blocked there, and since then the state services have not been able to officially enter this certificate into any browser.

The anger of the IT giants was caused by reports of forcing users in Kazakhstan to manually install the same certificate. Supposedly otherwise, providers refuse to provide communication services, referring to an unofficial government directive. In Silicon Valley, they were outraged by such a violation of user rights, and therefore decided not to negotiate, but to start hard blocking of the certificate in browsers. Now no user can install it even of their own free will.

And only Microsoft does not see or does not voice the problems it has seen with the rights and freedoms of users. The company has taken a neutral position - the certificate is not recognized as trusted, but the user can safely install it at his own peril and risk. In Kazakhstan itself, local authorities claim that the innovation is protective and will not create inconvenience to regional users.