Thursday, 2 February 2017

France and Germany against Telegram and WhatsApp encryption: call on the EU to legislate

France and Germany against Telegram and WhatsApp encryption: call on the EU to legislate

Although we have had the encryption debate for months, and if it must be broken by the authorities as a security measure, we have not heard any new voices in favor of it for some time ... until today. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and his German counterpart have come today to the media to confirm the arrest of three terror suspects, and during the hearing have used to refer to my courier.

Specifically, according to the statements recorded by the newspaper Independent , Cazeneuve said that both France and Germany asked the EU next month to allow action encryption apps like Telegram. According to them, and if not put stick encryption they use it whether to break if the authorities require "exchanges that occur through applications such as Telegram must be identified and used in the development of judicial proceedings"
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Cazeneuve said that its requests will be a new EU law requiring applications to collaborate during the course of an investigation, regardless of whether they are European or not and as they already do telecom operators:

"We propose that the European Commission study the possibility of a legislative act introducing rights and obligations to operators [of services] to force them to remove illicit content and to decrypt messages as part of the investigations, whether they are based in Europe or not"

During his statement, Cazeneuve insisted on the "challenge that encrypted communications present when used by terrorists." Just two weeks ago it announced the arrest of a teenager who, according to the French authorities, Telegram used to disseminate pro-ISIS messages and incite violence. Thomas de Maiziere, German Interior Minister also referred to the deployment of "researchers incognito" Dark Web

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