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Now, EU is deliberating on law enforcement access to end-to-end encrypted communications

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After India, USA, United Kingdom and Australia, it appears that end-to-end encryption is under threat from the European Union. The European Commission, the EU's executive branch, is contemplating ways to give law enforcement agencies access to end-to-end encrypted communications so that they can crack down on child abuse networks and other organised crimes, the Financial Times reported citing an internal, "need to know" note from the Commission. “The objective here is to enable the intelligence community to track WhatsApp messages,” an unnamed official at the Commission told FT. This note is reportedly not the official position of the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU. In response to our question about the Commission's official stance, a spokesperson said, European Commission's official stance on law enforcement agencies' access to E2E encrypted communications: "E2EE [end-to-end encryption] is an important tool to…

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