December 14, 2017

New/Updated Research Reports From Law Library of Congress on “Government Access to Encrypted Communications” and “Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws”

From a LLOC Blog Post by Jenny Gesley:

A recently published Law Library of Congress report titled “Government Access to Encrypted Communications” surveys whether and how the governments in twelve countries and the European Union can gain access to encrypted communications. It focuses on whether the government can require companies to decrypt encrypted communications or provide the government with the means to do so, but also provides additional information on monitoring and intercepting communications in general. A brief comparative summary is included.

A second report on “Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws” covers a related topic and updates a report issued by the Law Library of Congress in 2014. It contains information on laws regulating the collection of intelligence in the European Union, Belgium,France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal,Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. A comparative summary is included. The report shows the measures taken by individual countries to maintain a balance between law enforcement and national security needs on the one hand and rights to privacy and personal data protection on the other.

The updated report incorporates, inter alia, information on France’s new Law on Intelligence from 2015 and describes legislative proposals currently under consideration in the United Kingdom, Romania, and the Netherlands.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Full Text Reports

1. Government Access to Encrypted Communications
64 pages; PDF.

The report covers:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • European Union
  • France
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

2.  Foreign Intelligence Gathering Laws ||| PDF Version (79 pages; PDF)

The report covers:

  • Belgium
  • European Union
  • France
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
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