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Advisers want to preserve encryption laws

The EU’s top scientific advisory group has “strongly discouraged” the European Commission from weakening encryption laws for the digital single market.

In an opinion paper published on 24 March, the Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) said that there was a “broad consensus” among researchers that maintaining encryption standards and “avoiding backdoors” that bypass normal authentification processes were essential for protecting digital communications.

“Any manipulation detrimental to or weakening of the cryptographic standards or the technical implementation of cryptographic mechanisms undermines security and, hence, must be strongly discouraged by the European Commission,” the paper said. “Privacy should not be sacrificed for security.”

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