UN says encryption vital to free speech, calls on US govt to end ‘backdoor’ push

RT, May 29

Data encryption is essential to free speech, as it provides the privacy and security necessary in today’s digital age, a new UN report states. It calls on the US Congress to prohibit Washington from requiring companies to provide “backdoor access.”

“Encryption and anonymity, separately or together, create a zone of privacy to protect opinion and belief,” says the report [MS-Word doc] written by David Kaye, a special rapporteur in the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council next month, comes as many governments attempt to put “backdoors” in encryption software to assist law enforcement.

Kaye speaks out against such backdoors in the report, calling on the US Congress to “prohibit the Government from requiring companies to weaken product security or insert back-door access measures.”

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