European Data Protection Supervisor
European Data Protection Supervisor

Encryption

Encryption

Encryption, or the encoding of messages in such a way that only intended recipients can understand them, is one of the main tools to guarantee the security of our information. It is recognised as necessary for the digital economy and for the protection of fundamental rights, such as privacy and free speech.

While law enforcement requires the means to fight crime on the internet, any new measure would have to first pass the test for necessity and proportionality, based on substantiated evidence. While encryption makes bulk data collection and mass surveillance difficult, it is not a limiting factor in more targeted and specific measures. Restrictions on encryption pose significant risks to the economy and society in general.

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19/11/2020
19
Nov
2020

"The Future of Encryption in the EU", Keynote Speech by Supervisor Wiewiórowski at the ISOC 2020 Webinar

Wojciech Wiewiórowski keynote speech at the ISOC 2020 Webinar on the importance and challenges of encryption for data protection and privacy in the European Union.

04/11/2019
4
Nov
2019

Introduction to the hash function as a personal data pseudonymisation technique

Joint paper of the Spanish data protection authority, Agencia española de protección de datos (AEPD), and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) on hash techniques in data processing activities as a safeguard for personal data.

26/01/2018
26
Jan
2018

First-aid intervention registers - Council

Prior checking opinion on the Council first-aid intervention registers (Case 2017-0969)