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The EU just approved a law allowing providers of e-mail and messaging services to automatically search all personal messages of each citizen

>**Brussels, 06/07/2021 – Today, the European Parliament approved the ePrivacy Derogation, allowing providers of e-mail and messaging services to automatically search all personal messages of each citizen for presumed suspect content and report suspected cases to the police. The European Pirates Delegation in the Greens/EFA group strongly condemns this automated mass surveillance, which effectively means the end of privacy in digital correspondence. Pirate Party MEPs plan to take legal action.**

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>Previously secure end-to-end encrypted messenger services such as Whatsapp or Signal would be forced to install a backdoor. There is a considerable backlash against these plans: A public consultation carried out by the EU Commission revealed that 51% of all respondents oppose chat control for e-mail and messaging providers. 80% of respondents do not want chat control to be applied to encrypted messages.

[https://european-pirateparty.eu/parliament-approves-chatcontrol/](https://european-pirateparty.eu/parliament-approves-chatcontrol/)

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  1. Use external PGP encryption, e.g. with GPG CLI on Linux. For important messages, don’t trust Signal or ProtonMail to do this automatically.

    With external PGP, only the holder of the PGP private key can decrypt the messages. As long as the recipient doesn’t leak their private key, the state won’t be able to read any messages.

    You can’t trust the state or debate with it, but you can use cryptocurrencies, encryption and agorist peer-to-peer markets to avoid the state’s surveillance and control.

    Basic GPG commands:

    # Generate a key
    gpg –generate-key
    # Export your public key
    gpg –export –armor me@example.com > my_key.asc
    # View your exported public key
    cat my_key.asc
    # Import a downloaded key
    gpg –import recipient.asc
    # Encrypt a message to the recipient
    gpg –encrypt –armor –recipient recipient@example.com message.txt
    # View the encrypted message
    cat message.txt.asc
    # Decrypt a message
    gpg –decrypt message.txt.asc

  2. It won’t take long before they want backdoors removed again.

    Backdoors will be exploited by others bad actors also.

    It won’t take long before someone releases whatsapp/signal conversations of politicians, then they will regret it.

    Its just the same loop, over and over.

  3. I wish Monero just comes out with a phone with built in privacy protected apps for messaging, e-mail etc. Also, Monero team should start forking open source projects and add their amazing privacy features to them.

  4. I always enjoy pointing out to people how little value the European convention on Human rights actually has… Here’s the relevant article:

    > Article 8 – Right to respect for private and family life

    > 1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

    > 2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right **except such as is in accordance with the law** and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or **the economic well-being** of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of **health or morals**, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

    The reason it (and the other articles) don’t protect anyone is because they all have these “unless we want to” style clauses, like 2 above. In this one your privacy is gone if the government decides that it needs to protect “morality” — and who defines that? The “economic well being” exception basically deals with invading privacy for profit.

    Bizarrely then, none of this human rights violation is gonna be stopped by appealing to human rights laws.

  5. It shows how double faced the state is—the EU has some of the strongest protections from corporate data mining/brokering, and at the same time the worst for government espionage.

  6. I haven’t read the article yet, but isn’t the EU not already well known for it’s incompetence and for step by step destroying any privacy at all (?)

  7. PGP has existed for a long time, and works on every platform’s default client, although setup is for advanced users only

    It sounds like Europeans have more reason than ever to make the effort

    For the resourceful, there’s also still an Italian CA that gives free e-mail certs for personal use

    For the all-stars, you can host your own email server, and news like this doesn’t even matter

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