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News article21 February 2020

Europol publishes the 2020 report of the observatory function on encryption

Earlier this week, Europol published the second report of the observatory function on encryption.

The report is prepared jointly by Europol and Eurojust under request of DG HOME and provides a detailed overview of technical and legislative developments around encryption in order to offer a reference point for law enforcement wishing to learn more about encryption, educate the judiciary, and provide a starting point for policy makers wishing to tackle policy and legislative aspects. This year report focuses on:

  • What is the progression of the encryption debate?
  • What is the legal regimes applied by Member States to tackle the challenges posed by encryption?
  • What are the different types of encryption, and how they impact law enforcement access?

The report builds on the 2019 report of the observatory function on encryption, and on the feedbacks received on it from Europol and Eurojust respective stakeholders. These yearly reports are the outcome of the observatory function that Europol and Eurojust are fulfilling as part of the 6 practical measures on encryption listed within the 11th Security Union Progress Report.

More information

On the Commission website

On the Europol website


Publication date
21 February 2020