A document containing the opinions of the 20 member countries of the European Union has been leaked.
End-to-end encryption or encryption end to end is an instant messaging security system that ensures that only users in a conversation can read the messages. The sender encrypts the message and the receiver decrypts it. In this way, the data is prevented from being accessible to third parties.
But, apparently, Spain wants to avoid it. As reported from Wired, Spain wants to ban end-to-end encryption in applications like WhatsApp or iMessage.
Spain, totally against end-to-end encryption
Apparently a document to which Wired has had access has been leaked in which members of the European Union express their views on end-to-end encryption. Among most of the countries featured in the document there is strong support for the proposal to scan private messages for illegal content.
But Spain is the most emphatic European Union country in this regard. The document would have revealed a survey dedicated to end-to-end encryption legislation. From Spain, directly, they want to create regulations to prohibit it.
On the one hand, end-to-end encryption is a security mechanism vital to protect users and their fundamental right to privacy. On the other hand, banning end-to-end encryption would become a very powerful weapon to catch criminals.
The document, which consists of 65 pages and that you can read heregathers the opinion of the countries of the European Union to the proposal to create a law to “weaken” end-to-end encryption if the forces of authority require it.
Spain, from the last pages of the document, shows its interest in accessing end-to-end encryption messages through a court order.
“Law enforcement could request access to the encrypted material, and if the Internet service provider refuses to provide it, law enforcement could file a court order to gain access to the encrypted data.”
In the document, the representatives of Spain add that “the ideal would be prevent legislatively that service providers can implement end-to-end encryption”. Or what is the same in other words, they want to ban this type of encryption from instant messaging applications. Although this measure is highly unlikely.