Governments worldwide are providing mixed signals about the rights of citizens to use encryption. The U.K. government has proposed banning encryption. (See my earlier article at http://bit.ly/2rFlB7K for details) while other branches in the same U.K. government have praised the use of encryption by individuals and corporations by writing, “Privacy is an essential prerequisite to the exercise of individual freedom, and its erosion weakens the constitutional foundations on which democracy and good governance have traditionally been based in this country. (See http://bit.ly/2splavi.) France and Germany have called for legislation banning encryption. (See http://tcrn.ch/2rFGCPt.)
In the U.S., the various government agencies, including the FBI, have condemned encryption while other agencies have praised it. The bipartisan House Judiciary Committee & House Energy and Commerce Committee recently wrote, “Encryption is inexorably tied to our national interests. It is a safeguard for our personal secrets and economic prosperity. It helps to prevent crime and protect national security.”
Now the civil liberties committee of the European Parliament has released a draft proposal “in direct contrast to the increasingly loud voices around the world to introduce regulations or weaken encryption.” The committee of the European Parliament suggests that ALL personal communications should be encrypted. to protect to European Union citizens’ fundamental privacy rights. The committee also recommended a ban on backdoors.
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