International police and cybersecurity agencies tackle the row over strong encryption — but their answer is likely to cause almost as many headaches as government-ordered backdoors.
By Steve Ranger
Across Europe, police argue that the rise of uncrackable encryption, in particular end-to-end encryption, allows criminals to plot in secret, and that investigators should have some way of reading these communications when necessary.
ENISA is the European Union’s expert cybersecurity agency, which recently came down firmly against the idea of putting backdoors into encryption. Europol is the EU’s law enforcement agency, which focuses on large-scale criminal and terrorist networks — just the sorts of gangs that could use strong encryption to hide their plots. A new joint statement from the two agencies attempts to find a way forward on the encryption debate.