Cops Accessing Encrypted Messages Is A Clear Violation Of Human Rights, EU Court Rules

A new ruling from the EU Court is shedding light on a matter that has plenty of people talking.

The Human Rights Court in the Region, ECHR says that weakening the whole E2E encryption disproportionately serves as a risk to human rights. Moreover, the decision could end up disrupting the EC’s proposals that are designed to enforce email and messaging of service providers so that backdoors are made and it would enable law enforcement agencies to carry out decryption of the messages with sheer convenience and ease.

The ECHR says that this act of the cops getting better access is a risk to human rights for obvious reasons. He also shed light on how the decision from the international court would end up creating backdoors where the cops could attain easier access and that’s besides the goal at this moment in time.

The verdict came after one intelligence agency in the state of Russia mentioned how they would require Telegram to share such messages to ward off activities linked to terrorism. Meanwhile, one Telegram user who’s based in Russia mentioned how this requirement was violating the rights of having a private life and ensuring private communications while enabling users' rights on Telegram.

The user was said to be quite disturbed on this front and he opted to mention how it was more or less impossible to give the cops any kind of encryption keys that would impact the privacy of those on the Telegram platform.

Anyone who chooses not to comply would now be facing a serious fine and the app would therefore be banned in Russia. Meanwhile, dozens of users in the region vowed to rally and carry on challenging the ruling.

Since Telegram did not abide by the rules in place, one court ordered the platform to block the app in Russia and then dozens of others rallied to begin challenging the claims to ensure services of the app remained intact.

But users who tried to challenge the rulings from the court failed miserably. This sent the case right in front of the ECHR and Telegram services appeared to be unavailable in the Russian nation.

All privacy advocates have gone on to explain how claims by Telegram and messaging services not being able to create backdoors for the government without affecting users are correct. In the same way, they argued how the risks linked to mass surveillance are great and that they could infringe human rights big time.

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