European Union Information Security Agency Director Opposes Encryption Backdoors


Another terror attack, and yet more calls from governments to weaken encryption.

Udo Helmbrecht, director for the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), denounced the idea of weakening encryption for law enforcement purposes, in response to calls from some European politicians to do just that in the wake of the Brussels attacks.

European police are currently in possession of more than 40 encrypted iPhones, one of which was seized as part of the investigation into the Nov. 13 Paris attack.

Several Member State governments, including the U.K., France, Poland, Hungary and Romania, have debated legislation to give law enforcement access to the encrypted information on those phones.

“What we have currently is a typical reaction where something happens, people react and then people sometimes use it for their own purposes,” Helmbrecht said on the EU news website,

Helmbrecht joins European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, who said “I am strongly against any backdoor to encrypted systems.”

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