EPIC Urges UN to Support Secure, Anonymous Communications

In a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur, David Kaye, EPIC urged the UN Human Rights Committee to support the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications. The UN Special Rapporteur is studying encryption and anonymity for a report due to the UN Human Rights Council later this year. Citing extensive work over many years in support of the freedom the use encryption and the fundamental right of anonymity, EPIC stated, "In our modern age, encryption is the key technique and anonymity is the core legal right that protects the right to privacy." Last year, EPIC and others urged NIST to adopt "secure and resilient encryption standards, free from back doors or other known vulnerabilities."

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