France, Germany Call for European Decryption Law (Threat Post)


The United States is months removed from this spring’s Apple vs. FBI debacle, but the debate around encryption is just beginning to play out in Europe.

A joint press conference held Tuesday in Paris between Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve marked perhaps the most public declaration by a government figure that there be some sort of decryption law on the books.

Contending that security agencies in their countries should have the right to access encrypted data, the two asked that their proposals be heard next month at a European Commission meeting.