There has been much talk, debate and speculation, globally, regarding the enforcement and requirement for back door creation for encryption technologies recently.
The Vice President, Andrus Ansip, of the European Commission has stated that there are no plans to necessitate back doors in communications encryption in Europe. Reasoning behind this includes, to avoid potential misuse of the backdoors and to maintain the trust of the people, the trust in e-commerce and the economy.
“In the European Commission we never had, and we don’t have, any kind of plans to create back doors,” Ansip told the European Parliament on Tuesday.
“We don’t want to destroy people’s trust by creating some back doors,” he said, adding that if there were back doors then sooner or later somebody would misuse them.
In the U.S. however, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has requested the U.S. Congress make encryption back doors in mobile devices mandatory to help fight crime and The UK Prime Minister believes the encryption of online messaging (iMessage and WhatsApp) should be prohibited for the same reasons.
Large organisations within the U.S., including Google and Apple are pressing for the rejection of encryption backdoor propositions.
Governments seem united in the effort to ensure encryption is not impenetrable. The people would like to uphold their privacy and secure their data, while governments want to be able to access data if and when they feel it is necessary to do so.