PUBLISHED: 17:19, Mon, Nov 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:19, Mon, Nov 30, 2020
The terrorist attacks perpetrated earlier this month in Austria and France have reopened the debate on end-to-end encryption offered by certain couriers. A draft resolution adopted by the EU Council could force courier apps to allow intelligence services and police investigators to bypass the end-to-end encryption they offer. To do this, the EU would force services such as WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram to provide backdoors allowing the authorities to monitor or trace the exchanges of people suspected of terrorism, or of individuals involved in online child pornography.
For the time being, the text under consideration is not publicly accessible – but a leaked draft memo outlining the Council’s position on encryption states that a new legal framework is necessary to “protect people in Europe from Islamism".
It also says that “competent authorities must be able to access data in a lawful and targeted manner, in full respect of fundamental rights and the data protection regime, while upholding cybersecurity".
Digital rights activists, however, have warned against the law and the potentially damaging impact it could have on civil liberties.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It is not the first time the EU has considered such a drastic approach, though.
In 2014, leaked documents revealed that Brussels was secretly considering a device that would have enabled police to stop vehicles remotely.
EU unmasked: Secret documents exposed bloc's 'draconian' plans to 'remotely stop cars' (Image: GETTY)
EU chiefs Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel (Image: GETTY)
The proposal was outlined as part of the "key objectives" for the "European Network of Law Enforcement Technologies", or Enlets, a secretive off-shoot of a European "working party" aimed at enhancing police cooperation across the EU.
It said the project would have worked "on a technological solution that could have been 'built in standard' for all cars that entered the European market".