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The Presidency of the Council of the European Union has sent out a "Draft Council Declaration on Encryption - Security through encryption and security despite encryption"[0].

In it they state that strong is important to them and acknowledge its importance for . However, in the same breath, they state their intent to undermine it by collaborating with tech firms to gain access to clear data in a "lawful manner".

This is dangerous to encryption and security overall.

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Any cleartext access given to governments requires the use of a backdoor/master key.

This introduces a new vector of attack - gaining access to this master key makes every digital communication that adheres to these laws legible. Government agencies and service providers will become high value targets, since hacking them will mean hacking everyone.

This proposal and its implications make encryption basically useless.

Please use decentralized, end to end encrypted services to circumvent this.

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