ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota To Fight EU Resolution Against Anti-Encryption


Several Companies providers end-to-end encrypted services, including email providers like ProtonMail and Tutanota, have asked the European Union to opt out of the European Council 's encryption resolution . The resolution states that investigative services should have access to encrypted data. The resolution is based on the principle that the competent authorities, must be able to perform their legal task, both online and offline.


Although the European Council does not explicitly mention it, a backdoor is requested, according to ProtonMail, Threema, Tresorit and Tutanota. "This threatens the rights of millions in Europeans and undermines a global shift towards the use of end-to-end encryption," said the four companies. With end-to-end encryption, only the sender and recipient can access the content of messages. A backdoor that allows a third party to watch would by definition mean that there is no longer any question of end-to-end encryption.


The companies argue that it is understandable to give police services more tools to fight crime. However, the resolution can be compared to the police who have the key to every home, which could also lead to great privacy issues. If the proposals go is granted, the EU will follow the worst surveillance states in the world, without this providing additional security, said Martin Blatter, CEO of encrypted chat service Threema. 

The companies want steps to be taken to prevent the proposals from going too far and to protect the privacy of Europeans.

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