Cameron shown the back door…European Parliament passes resolution supporting the use of strong encryption

Posted: 11 September, 2015 in EU
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European Parliament logo The European Parliament has voted to adopt the conclusions of a report that defends encryption, anonymity and digital freedom.The report, which was narrowly approved by 371 votes in favour to 293 against, criticised EU governments for supporting mass snooping:

The active complicity of certain EU member states in the NSA’s mass surveillance of citizens and spying on political leaders, as revealed by Edward Snowden, has caused serious damage to the credibility of the EU’s human rights policy.

However, it’s not just the US that has come in for a bashing in the resolution that was drafted by Dutch Liberal MEP Marietje Schaake. David Cameron’s ideas about banning encryption or allowing backdoor exploits for spying are also roundly condemned. The European Parliament said the EU should:

Counter the criminalisation of the use of encryption, anti-censorship and privacy tools by refusing to limit the use of encryption within the EU, and by challenging third-country governments that criminalise such tools.

It also condemns the weakening and undermining of encryption protocols and products, particularly by intelligence services seeking to intercept encrypted communications.

Schaake wants end-to-end encryption standards as a matter of course for all communication services.

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