European member states appear divided during informal consultations on encryption




During an informal meeting organized by EU president Slovakia, EU Member States have expressed themselves about encryption. Netherlands has expressed the government’s position for strong encryption, however, Member States were divided among themselves.

Europe European flag Minister van der Steur of Security and Justice during the meeting underlined the need for strong encryption. Encryption is the minister relevant to Internet security, privacy and the protection of communications companies. Therefore, there are currently no measures are desirable to “limit development, availability and use of encryption ‘the. This is apparent from a recently published report of the meeting, which took place on 7th and 8th July. Not all Member States share this view.

Some Member States supported the minister or his position, but the report does not state which countries it goes. Other Member States consider that is necessary to seek a global solution to the issue of encryption and detection, and said that a purely European approach is not working. Another group of countries stressed the importance of good relationships with ISPs, which might assist in investigations and prosecutions by providing the necessary information. Thereby seem to go beyond these countries in the fact that an ISP when properly implemented end-to-end encryption does not understand the communication.

The latter group also wants to see European agreements on ‘both decryption and encryption. Commissioner věra jourová, among other things responsible for Justice, said at the end of the meeting that they examine whether an EU initiative is required, according to the report. The European Commission is the body authorized to submit legislative proposals.

Which European countries have different views on the increasing level of encryption, is also evident from the fact that France and Germany recently asked for a legal obligation to decryption for communications service providers. The Dutch OM wants EU rules on the interception of encrypted standard WhatsApp messages. EU president Slovakia announced earlier to raise the issue of encryption and detection on the concert in Bratislava.


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