“Illegal to break encryption,” the European Court of Human Rights rules

European Union flag overlaid on a map of Europe with an encryption concept and padlock visual.


The European Court of Human Rights banned all legal efforts of weakening encryption of secure communications in Europe.

Encryption ensures the enjoyment of fundamental rights such as privacy and freedom of expression, the judgment reads, while helping citizens and businesses to defend themselves against abuses of information technologies. Hence, the ruling to outlaw legislations that could open up backdoors for criminals to exploit. 


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