EU_politics + encryption + privacy 

The EU Council has approved a resolution to undermine encrypted communications for EU citicens:
data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/d

A petition to declining this resolution and to keep citicens' privacy is online at the EU parliament:
europarl.europa.eu/petitions/e

As of today at 07:59 CET this petition has been signed by 13 supporters
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#EU_politics #privacy #encryption

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@jens
Thanks for this link!
The more activity, the better.
I only couldn't find out where the supporting votes will go from there. Maybe I missed this information at the website?

The petition I'm referring to is addressed directly to the EU parliament, which is the next step of the procedure to pass the resolution.

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@fredl99 Absolutely. I don't know where it's going either, but presumable to MEPs. Otherwise, what's the point?

FWIW, the Global Encryption Coalition globalencryption.org/ is working to address this.

The EC is pretty firmly pro-encryption because it uses consultations from experts; it's the parliament that has a, let's say, more political point of view that is interested in pursuing limited access.

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@fredl99 Which makes sense from a point of view of wanting to balance digital and physical security. It's not a stupid goal. It's just that it ignores the reality of cryptography.

So the work that needs to be done is convince MEPs of those facts about cryptography, and that's well underway.

The industry's position at a high level is "there are no viable solutions for providing limited access".

The point is that this EU parliament petition has got to be the...

EU_politics + encryption + privacy 

@fredl99 ... last event. What's more important is giving MEPs the facts, and letting them understand that a sufficient number of the population gets them (aside from industry, etc.)

There is still time to achieve this, and conversations such as this are going to help :)

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@jens
There is no doubt that the idea itself is potentially a good one. Nobody wants to live next door to attackers who can plan their activities completely hidden, for instance.
On the other hand, as has been proved lately, the attack in Vienna in November '20 has happened despite the prior knowledge and observation of the attacker by authorities. They only failed at effectively communicating their knowledge. What would be different if we had this law?

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@fredl99 Nothing, of course. We're on the same page there. I'm talking about how to direct action, not about whether or not we disagree.

EU_politics + encryption + privacy 

@jens
Ok, so we have a definite chief aim, some activities which should ideally get bundled. What's needed is a detailed plan to do so and a way to frequently review the process and readjust if necessary.
Any suggestions?

EU_politics + encryption + privacy 

@fredl99 Well, I joined the GEC and they're coordinating action. Amongst other things, they're collecting stories to emphasize the necessity of encryption in order to sensitize the population. I've shared two earlier.

Get people to sign either petition, read those stories, spread the word. Write to your MEP, above else.

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@jens
I might be wrong, but I see it a bit different. The Counsil consists of the nation's leaders and the proposal doesn't mention any expert's advices. Moreover they began with secret discussions and only made it public after approval.
The Parliament members usually have their own staff of experts, who will hopefully explain to them the technical incompatibility.
Although the idea may be good, there is no other way than to decline it if privacy is important.

EU_politics + encryption + privacy 

@fredl99 Maybe some mixup on terms. When I write EC, I'm used for that to mean the European Commission. But I should have been clearer, sorry!

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