New U.N. Report Says Encryption Tech is Crucial for Human Rights

A recently published U.N. report on encryption technology counters governments’ claims that the tech is detrimental to a safe society.

The battle between members of U.S. and some other nations’ law enforcement who stand opposed to strong encryption and those who champion the data-scrambling technology continues. But a new report from the United Nations has weighed in, saying that encryption is crucial for human rights and freedom of speech.

“Encryption and anonymity, separately or together, create a zone of privacy to protect opinion and belief,” writes U.N. special rapporteur David Kaye, author of the report. Kaye explains that the U.N. Human Rights Council believes that private communications “shield an opinion from outside scrutiny, particularly important in hostile political, social, religious and legal environments.”

You can read more in an article by Jonathan Vanian in Fortune magazine at http://fortune.com/2015/05/29/un-encryption-human-rights/ while the U.N. report is available at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session29/Documents/A.HRC.29.32_AEV.doc.

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