A man and a woman use their smartphones as they wait for a BTS sky train at a station in Bangkok, Thailand, 25 May 2015.
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Newly appointed Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, sees encryption and anonymity of digital communications as a means to safeguard the rights to privacy and free speech for everyone, including members of the press, political dissidents and minorities, whose right to seek, receive and impart information online has been denied worldwide.
“Encryption and anonymity have become critical enablers of freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age, protecting the security and privacy not only of our communications – to be technical, our data in transit – but also our data at rest, that is, the information and ideas that we store on our laptops, tablets, smartphones and in the cloud,” he says. All stories