MEPs propose ban on encryption backdoors

A European parliamentary committee has proposed a ban on backdoors that allow governments to access encrypted communications

European members of Parliament (MEPs) are calling for greater protections for electronic communications in proposed amendments to draft EU privacy legislation.

Proposed amendment 116 by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (Libe) calls for the providers of electronic communications services to ensure that there is sufficient protection in place against unauthorised access or alterations to the electronic communications data.

The amendment also calls for the confidentiality and safety of the transmission to be guaranteed by the nature of the means of transmission used or by state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption of the electronic communications data.

“Furthermore, when encryption of electronic communications data is used, decryption, reverse engineering or monitoring of such communications shall be prohibited,” the amendment reads.

The amendment goes on to state that: “Member states shall not impose any obligations on electronic communications service providers that would result in the weakening of the security and encryption of their networks and services.”

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