The EU is often at the forefront of consumer protection when it comes to privacy laws like the GDPR. But now it looks like the Council of the European Union might undermine all of this with a move to cancel secure end-to-end encryption as we know it, the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) reports.
The ORF obtained an internal draft in which the Council argues that the motion is meant as a counteract against terrorism, pointing to last week’s Vienna shooting. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the terror attack could’ve been prevented without further surveillance powers if it wasn’t for egregious mistakes in the Austrian counterterrorism office. It seems like the attack is used as a pretense to gain public support.
Throwing babies out with the bathwater under nebulous claims of “but terrorism!” isn’t just an American thing. For now, this is just a proposal by one cog in the EU government machine and it’s unlikely to go anywhere (for now!), but wheels are definitely in motion, and just like our friends in the US, we have to remain vigilant for politicians abusing terrorist attacks to erode our rights and freedoms.
That they’d want to flag keywords to waste money instead of just doing good old detective work is pretty nuts.
The chance of them catching a single person, considering how much its been tried on non-encrypted mediums in USA like skype, facebook and basically every social media messaging application has been incredibly low if any.
They’re usually dumb criminals to begin with posting it on public forums or known extremist forums already being tracked, and if there were any big operation, they’d be using their own encryption anyways, which literally bypasses any of this.