A Step towards European Cyber Security? The European Debate on Encryption


The German Institute for International and Security Affairs – Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) are pleased to invite you to an expert conference on European cyber security and encryption.

An inadvertent worldwide alliance against encryption seems to be emerging as China recently introduced regulation of encrypted virtual private networks. Meanwhile, many Western countries debate exceptional access mechanisms to encrypted messaging apps for crime investigations or intelligence operations. While law enforcement professionals indeed need tools to monitor suspects, technical experts tend to agree that lawful access schemes threaten the vital functions of encryption, endanger cyber-security of users and produce higher costs than benefits. EU’s policy-makers have to deal with such demands and the need to upkeep privacy. Therefore, alternative instruments to keep wrongdoers under surveillance without degrading privacy and software security of the entire society need to be discussed. These could include non-technical means such as better human intelligence, better information sharing across countries and organizational restructuring of crime investigations.

This expert conference aims at discussing the current state of the political debate and elaborating on next steps forward for European policy-making and the private sector.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Tuesday, 27 February 2018 | 12:30-14:30h

Registration and light lunch from 12:00h

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom,

Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


We hope you will be able to join us and kindly ask you to register here. Should you wish to register via email please write to register.brussels@fnst.org.

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.*



Matthias Schulze, Associate, SWP, Berlin

Iva Tasheva, Privacy and Security Policy Manager, DIGITALEUROPE

Armin Reinartz, Head of Global Innovation Hub Hong Kong, FNF

Cecilia Zappalà, EU Public Affairs, Facebook

Graham Willmott, Head of Cybercrime DG Home, EU Commission



Kristine Berzina, Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund Brussels



*As the Chatham House Rule applies, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. As a matter of confidentiality, photographs, video or audio recordings as well as all kinds of activities on social media are not allowed during our meetings.