06 June 2018
Encryption can be one of the means employed to foster the fundamental rights of data protection and privacy and to create a safe and secure internet for all parties involved. Encryption is available to anyone; however, this also means that there is a danger that encryption technologies are abused, including for criminal purposes. The past has shown that organised crime uses encrypted messages for the execution of their agendas. Encryption techniques can also be used to hide financial data from tax authorities or for assisting money laundering. Law enforcement authorities are increasingly interested in accessing encrypted data for public security reasons, which is leading to a conflict between data protection and privacy interests and security. The debate surrounding this conflict has been furthered recently by a French judgement on decryption orders.
The aim of this event is to assess both the challenges and the opportunities encrypted data bring with it, especially considering the law enforcement and industry perspective. The event is a collaboration with the CANVAS project.
Chair: Catherine Van De Heyning, FRC, VUB
Graham Willmott, Head of Unit DG Home, European Commission
Owen Bennett, Mozilla
Joachim Meese, University of Antwerpen
Jan Kerkhofs, Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office, Counter Terrorism Unit & Cybercrime Unit
Time: 12:00 - 14:15 (lunch included)
Programme: The programme is now available.
Venue: U-Residence, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050, Brussel (Access also via Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels)
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