The European Union is contemplating encrypting all data on all devices on all networks at all times in draconian legislation which would literally leave all data in the dark.
And not only that, but also, if the EU’s repressive data regime comes to pass, they will lock all the doors to what would become a data dungeon and prevent the construction of any so-called backdoors to enable any tiny little bit of information to escape.
These medieval-style musings are actually being publicly declared by what some consider a surprising source – one which might otherwise subscribe to the dictum that “information wants to be free”.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has published these draft proposals which are being seen as a way to prevent law enforcement agencies to access private message data, according to MacRumors.com.
Typically, data can be accessed by security services through “backdoors”, but the committee decried this practice, and law enforcement agencies are increasingly required to provide actual genuine lawful reasons for investigating individuals, with the confrontation taking on the characteristics of a feud.
The Committee quoted an amendment to Article 7 of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the EU, proposed by the European Commission, saying: “The principle of confidentiality should apply to current and future means of communication, including calls, internet access, instant messaging applications, e-mail, internet phone calls and personal messaging provided through social media.”
The committee argues that removing the word “personal” from the above article would change everything.
It also wants to amend other EC-proposed regulations, including one in which it finds the word “similarly” highly objectionable.
The committee wants to add: “The protection of confidentiality of communications is also an essential condition for the respect of other related fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the protection of freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and freedom of expression and information.”
Other instances of intense argument include an article in which a sentence changed from:
“Electronic communications data may include personal data as defined in Regulation…”
“Electronic communications data are generally personal data as defined in Regulation.”
The Committee goes on like this over 90 pages of its draft report, concerning the “respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications” and repealing the EC Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications.