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Europol calls for Tech Giants to Get Lawful Access To end-to-end Encryption


The ongoing tension between privacy rights and public safety, Europol, along with European Police Chiefs, has issued a call for tech giants to provide lawful access to encrypted communications.

This development comes as major social media platforms, including those owned by Meta, begin to implement end-to-end encryption. This technology prevents anyone except the communicating users from accessing the messages.

The Challenge of End-to-End Encryption

End-to-end encryption ensures that digital conversations are private and secure from any third-party interception, including by the platforms themselves.

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However, this level of privacy raises significant concerns for law enforcement agencies:

  • Prevention of Crime: Encrypted platforms can become safe havens for illegal activities, including child exploitation, human trafficking, and terrorism.
  • Investigation and Prosecution: The inability to access message content can hinder the investigation and prosecution of crimes.
  • Evidence Gathering ...

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