EU Proposal Would Ban Backdoors

A proposal from the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs could implement a strong ban against encryption backdoors in member countries. The draft proposal outlines a plan to block the kind of backdoor the FBI wanted from Apple last year.

Under this legislation, end-to-end encryption would be used for all digital communications and law enforcement wouldn't be able to use backdoors. This would be an amendment to Article 7 of the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, which deals with personal privacy.

The committee believes private data and even metadata must be protected due to what it can reveal about people. They hope to implement regulations that force strong data protection by communication services and others.