06 June 2018

Law Enforcement Data Access Series: “Encrypted data: Challenges and Opportunities”


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. In principle, encryption is available to anyone, however, this entails the danger that encryption technologies are abused, including for criminal purposes. The past has shown that organised crime uses encrypted messages for the execution for 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 clash between data protection and privacy interests and security. The debate has been furthered also by the recent 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 perspective. The event will be part of the Brussels Privacy Hub Law Enforcement Data Access Series.


Time: 12:00 - 14:30 (lunch included)

Venue: U-Residence, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050, Brussel (Access also via Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels)

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