MEPs on the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs have called for the integrity of encrypted communications to be upheld, rejecting demands by governments and security services across the EU for 'back doors' enabling them to access secured communications.
The Committee has cited the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union in their support.
"Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union ("the Charter") protects the fundamental right of everyone to the respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications," claims the Committee in a report.
It continues: "Respect for the privacy of one's communications is an essential dimension of this right. Confidentiality of electronic communications ensures that information exchanged between parties and the external elements of such communication, including when the information has been sent, from where, to whom, is not to be revealed to anyone other than to the parties involved in a communication.
"The principle of confidentiality should apply to current and future means of communication, including calls, internet access, instant messaging applications, email, internet phone calls and personal messaging provided through social media."
In case you missed it there is a war going on over encryption. Governments believe that so-called encryption backdoors are silver bullets for tackling terrorism, while people who understand technology say that backdoors are a big problem that would undermine everyone's security.
Last year, the House of Lords stood firm in support of government proposals that would mandate 'back doors' in encrypted communications in the UK.
"Law enforcement and the intelligence agencies must retain the ability to require telecoms operators to remove encryption in limited circumstances, subject to strong controls and safeguards, to address the increasing technical sophistication of those who would seek to do us harm," said Earl Howe, the government's deputy leader in the House of Lords, and minister of state for defence.
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