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Skyline International is deeply concerned over the European Union’s move to consider a draft bill banning the encryption feature of communications via smartphones. This move violates users’ privacy.

In a press release, Skyline states that it rejects policies that may prevent or limit encryption tools. They are considered necessary to protect digital programs and personal communications from unauthorized access by hackers.

Skyline stresses that providing a legal framework for espionage of personal freedoms violates human rights and reinforces repression at the expense of supporting public freedom.

The European Union studies a draft law dealing with “technical solutions” for the authorities that give them the right to access encrypted data, including communications via smartphones.

As the European Union’s governments do not propose a precise mechanism regarding the possibility of banning the encryption feature, this will threaten personal freedom and lead technology companies to build security vulnerabilities in their systems.

This may lead to serious security vulnerabilities, and foreign intelligence or hackers could learn to exploit such vulnerabilities to hack all devices. Such action makes information technology less secure. 

Skyline states that banning the encryption feature contradicts maintaining the security of regulations and violates privacy and security.

Moreover, Skyline states that this action contradicts Article 17/1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which stipulates that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honor and reputation.” 

Skyline opposes any justification for improving security, allowing law enforcement authorities to breach privacy and individual data and undermine protection systems based on technical standards such as encryption.

Finally, Skyline International calls on the European Union to avoid proposals that would prohibit or threaten the encryption feature, abide by users’ privacy, and not allow the security authorities to control Internet surveillance.