European Commission: A Firm “No” to Encryption Backdoors

Phil Muncaster

The European Commission has reiterated its opposition to calls made by member states including the UK to undermine encryption via backdoors, with new proposals designed instead to encourage sharing of decryption expertise across the region.

In an update designed to reassure citizens that the EU executive is taking terrorism seriously, it detailed the following new strategy:

“Support law enforcement and judicial authorities when they encounter encryption in criminal investigations, without weakening encryption at a more general level or affecting a large or indiscriminate number of people: The Commission is today proposing technical support measures, a new toolbox of techniques, and training, and proposes setting up a network of points of expertise.”

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