Tuesday, August 23, 2016

encrypted messaging: France and Germany call for Europe to act – Europe1

The Ministers of the French and German interior Tuesday asked the European Commission to frame legally encrypted telecommunications networks, including non-European courier, in particular for the popular Telegram jihadist network.

Constrain courier to cooperate. “We offer with Thomas de Maiziere that the European Commission is studying the possibility of a legislative act approximating the rights and obligations of all operators (…) the legal office in Europe or not, “said the French minister Bernard Cazeneuve after a meeting with his German counterpart. Such a legal instrument would “impose obligations on operators that uncooperative disclose such to remove illegal content or decrypt messages as part of criminal investigations,” he added.

encryption not questioned. Ministers aim in particular encrypted messaging Telegram application created by Russians and prized for its confidentiality. “Exchanges increasingly systematic operated via some applications, such as Telegram must be able, within the framework of judicial procedures (…) be identified and used as evidence by the investigation and magistrates services” added Bernard Cazeneuve. The minister, however, said he was not to question the encryption which “enables secure conversations.”

Other measures. At this meeting, the two ministers also discussed the need for a “systematic information sharing European files” intelligence, “systematically fed by all member states.” The French and German ministers also raised the issue of expanding the pilot project called SDN, which enables automated transmission of judicial records between police services. Currently six Member States are involved (Finland, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, France, Germany). France and Germany want to extend it to all Member States.


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