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Europe seeks greater decryption powers for police

The European Commission is seeking to give police greater powers to decrypt private messages as part of a wider proposal to crackdown on criminals and terrorists, reports EUobserver. “The plan involves giving the EU police agency, Europol, 86 additional staff to further develop its decryption capability. It demands national authorities create a network of encryption experts, a “tool box of alternative investigation techniques”, and a €500,000 training programme to train police. All are aimed, within the next 16 months, at obtaining encrypted information from a seized smartphone or a computer. “Encryption is a touchy subject given demands by some governments, including the EU’s own counter-terrorism coordinator, to introduce ‘back doors’ or force operators like WhatsApp or Telegram and Messenger to hand over encryption keys to the police.” Read more

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