Summary title: Petition No 1222/2020 by Wolfgang Kratky (Austrian) on maintaining security through encryption in the EU
Petition number: 1222/2020
Topics: Fundamental Rights
Country: European Union
Name: Wolfgang Kratky
The petitioner expresses his concerns over the Draft Council Resolution on Encryption of 6 November 2020 (12143/1/20 REV 1). While acknowledging that encryption is a necessary means of protecting fundamental rights and the digital security of governments, industry and society, this Draft Council Resolution provides the possibility for competent authorities in the area of security and criminal justice to access relevant data for the purpose of fighting serious and organized crimes and terrorism. The petitioner argues that this measure would violate citizens’ right to privacy and would ultimately jeopardise European democracy. He, therefore, calls on the European Parliament to vote against the adoption of this resolution.