The European Commission has strengthened the rights to privacy and data protection with GDPR, is currently revamping consumer protection rights to include protections from non-physical harm such as e.g. may be caused by leaking sensitive data, and is also investing in next generation internet technology via the NGI0 fund.

The three things have in common that they can be supported by strong encryption. Encryption with backdoors is weak by design.

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It's completely true what other people say, but I'd like to add that the EC would be sabotaging its own efforts in strengthening citizens' rights with a directive mandating backdoors.

Technologically speaking, a distributed approach such as email encryption via PGP doesn't allow for hoster-provided backdoors. The EC would have to forbid such technologies, and thereby sabotage innovation in this field.

It's a bad idea all around.

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