In June 2018, European Parliament passed a resolution that classified the security firm’s software as “malicious” due to the alleged link of the company with the Russian intelligence.
The call for a ban on Kaspersky’s software among the members of the European Union was part of a report on cyber defense written by Estonian MEP Urmas Paet of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
“Calls on the EU to perform a comprehensive review of software, IT and communications equipment and infrastructure used in the institutions in order to exclude potentially dangerous programmes and devices, and to ban the ones that have been confirmed as malicious, such as Kaspersky Lab.” stated the report.
The European eurocrats adopted the A8-0189/2018 motion that could ban the products of the security giant from European Union institutions.
In response to a March 2019 inquiry from Gerolf Annemans, European Parliament member from Belgium, the European Commission confirmed that it is not aware of problems with the products of Kaspersky Lab.
Citing the experience of Germany, France, and Belgium, that never found any issues with the use of Kaspersky Lab solutions, Annemans asked further clarifications to the European Commission.
Annemans asked it the European Commission knows “any reason other than certain press articles that justifies the labelling of Kaspersky as ‘dangerous’ or ‘malicious’.”
He asked for technical proof of problems and “any reports or opinions of cyber experts or consultancies about Kaspersky Lab.”
“The Commission is not in possession of any evidence regarding potential issues related to the use of Kaspersky Lab products.” reads the response of the Commission. “The Commission is following closely debates and developments concerning the security of IT products and devices in general, including discussions about potential measures related to access to the EU market.”
“Regarding reports or opinions published concerning the issue raised by the Honourable Member, the Commission did not commission any reports,”
(SecurityAffairs – European Commission, Kaspersky Lab)
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