EU Court Rules that Encryption Backdoors Undermine Human Rights


ECHR ruling upholds right to privacy.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that “weakening end-to-end encryption disproportionately risks undermining human rights,” reports Ashley Belanger.

The court’s ruling in the case, which involved Russia's intelligence agency (FSS) and Telegram, states that "any disclosure of encryption keys" would affect the "privacy of the correspondence of all Telegram users.”

Additionally, the ruling states that "confidentiality of communications is an essential element of the right to respect for private life and correspondence.” And, requiring messages to be decrypted by law enforcement "cannot be regarded as necessary in a democratic society."

Read more at Ars Technica.



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