Encryption backdoors weaken security says UK’s new European Commissioner
Tue 13 Sep 2016, 14:40

Julian King, the UK’s new European Commissioner said that he believed encryption backdoors would weaken the online ecosystem as a whole. Regarding data protection questions he would “respect purpose limitations,” citing recent court rulings in the Digital Rights Ireland and the Max Schrems cases. Moreover, despite the ongoing controversy over PNR, King said he wanted to implement existing instruments “to the full.”


Leaked document reveals UK plans for wider internet surveillance
Fri 5 May 2017, 13:34

The UK government is planning to push greater surveillance powers that would force internet providers to monitor communications in near-realtime and install backdoor equipment to break encryption, according to a leaked document.

UK government pushes for companies to weaken encryption
Wed 31 May 2017, 18:00

The terrorist attack in Manchester on 22 May has led to a relaunch of the encryption debate in the UK.

In December 2016, the UK parliament passed the Investigatory Powers Act. This wide-ranging surveillance law gives government ministers the power to issue Technical Capability Notices (TCNs), which can force companies to modify their products.

MEPs back end-to-end encryption for all citizens
Tue 20 Jun 2017, 13:23

A European Parliament committee wants end-to-end encryption to be enforced on all forms of digital communication to protect European Union (EU) citizens. A ban on "backdoors" into encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram is also being considered.