Europol chief warns on computer encryption – BBC News

Europol does not like encrypted communications.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Hidden areas of the internet and encrypted communications make it harder to monitor terror suspects, warns Europol’s Rob Wainwright.

    Tech firms should consider the impact sophisticated encryption software has on law enforcement, he said.

    Mr Wainwright said that in most current investigations the use of encrypted communications was found to be central to the way terrorists operated.

    “It’s changed the very nature of counter-terrorist work from one that has been traditionally reliant on having good monitoring capability of communications to one that essentially doesn’t provide that anymore.”

    “[Tech firms] are doing it, I suppose, because of a commercial imperative driven by what they perceive to be consumer demand for greater privacy of their communications.”

    Mr Wainwright acknowledged this was a result of the revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who exposed how security services were conducting widespread surveillance of emails and messages.

    He said security agencies now had to work to rebuild trust between technology firms and the authorities.


  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘If people can encrypt their cell phones, what’s stopping them encrypting their PCs?’

    Congressman John Carter (R-TX), wanted to know just how far this wild new technology known as “encryption” could extend:

    If they can do that to a cell phone, why can’t they do that to every computer in the country and nobody can get into it? Aren’t we creating an instrument that’s the perfect tool for lawlessness? If they at their own will at Microsoft or at Apple can put something in that [phone] computer to where nobody in that computer can own it, then why can’t they put it in the big giant supercomputers and everything gets locked away secretly?


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