EU Security Official Calls For Loopholes In 5G Standards

Next-generation networks make it too difficult for security agencies to spy on targets, says EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove in leaked memo

The European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator has called for security loopholes to be implanted in 5G standards to make them more suitable for state surveillance operators and criminal prosecutors.

The proposals by EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove come at a time when the US is, ironically, pushing allies to block Chinese suppliers from 5G networks due to an alleged risk that their equipment could be used to collect sensitive data and send it to Beijing.

But De Kerchove’s argument, made in an internal document at the EU Council of Ministers earlier this month and reported by Austrian broadcaster ORF over the weekend, paints a different picture, emphasising how difficult 5G networks make it for authorities to gather information on users’ conversations.

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Source: Silicon UK