The European Union could be on its way to bringing data encryption across the board and completely ban backdoor access to devices. The proposal was submitted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs. This is pertaining to Article 7 of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, which states every citizen’s right to personal privacy.
The committee feels that publicly posting the sensitive information between citizens could put them at a risk of losing their privacy, mainly with information pertaining to their personal life, crises, medical details etc. The committee feels that this, in turn, could cause severe damage to their social life.
Further, the committee feels strongly that in addition to keeping the data encrypted, even the metadata associated with them has to be private. Metadata in this context refers to the user’s browsing history, phone records etc.
The proposals will need to go through via the MEPs (Members of the European Parliament), and then be reviewed by the EU Council before it is passed. It’s still some distance away from seeing the light of the day, but it’s clear that some governments won’t welcome this suggestion, mainly the UK.
The UK government has been strongly opposed to the functioning of end-to-end encryption based services like WhatsApp, Telegram etc claiming that they offer a safe space for terrorists and other anti-social elements to converse freely. The government is yet to respond to this new proposal.