Encryption plays a fundamental role in ensuring strong cybersecurity and users’ privacy online. End-to-end encryption in messaging services, as well as other cryptographic protocols, are essential for creating trust in the Internet and encouraging the use of online services throughout the EU.
At the same time, encryption services can also be abused by criminals, and add another layer of complexity to criminal investigations. In this context, several national governments have called in the past for Internet Service Providers to implement “software backdoors” to obtain lawful access to private communications of suspected criminals. Experience has however shown that such measures will always be exploited by ill-intentioned hackers, undermining privacy and undermining privacy and cybersecurity for all users and businesses online. Ultimately, the debate on encryption requires to find a delicate balance between different security needs, including by protecting citizens from criminals, as well as by ensuring a robust IT infrastructure.
The event will aim to ensure a level-playing field of knowledge across policy-makers and stakeholders on the importance of encryption for the functioning of the Internet and on the existing cooperation between ISPs and law enforcement.
Patrick Breyer MEP and EIF Member
Maximilian Schubert, President of EuroISPA
Ceren Ünal, Regional Policy Manager Europe, Internet Society
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Internet Archive Fellow, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Bert Hubert, Founder of PowerDNS
Cathrin Bauer-Bulst, Acting Head of the Cybercrime Unit, European Commission DG HOME
Rasmus Andresen MEP and EIF Member