For years, encryption has been at the centre of the debate between protecting the interests of online privacy and national security. After last year’s terrorist attacks in France and in Belgium, several European Union members states expressed concern at the December 2016 Justice and Home Affairs Council over the role of encrypted data used in criminal investigations. In response, the European Commission initiated a process of information gathering on these issues to formulate a proposal for the European Union. Following a comprehensive process of consultation involving the European institutions and agencies, member states, industry and civil society, the Commission is expected to release a Communication on October 18th, which will contain also policy recommendations on how to handle access to encrypted data in criminal investigations.
Join us to discuss the EU Encryption proposal with the Commission and representatives of the private sector, academia and civil society and formulate ways to move forward on a path aimed at protecting privacy and at the same time guaranteeing national security.
Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.