Global Encryption Issues

Tuesday 10th January 2017
Mapping global impacts

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., Committee to Protect Journalists author, Alexandra Ellerbeck CPJ Americas Research Associate (below right) examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors.

On December 20, the encryption working group, a bipartisan committee formed by the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, came out in favour of protecting strong encryption. "Any measure that weakens encryption, works against the national interest," according to the committee's report, which cited the importance of strong encryption in protecting national and economic security, as well as civil rights.

"If a country like the U.K. makes a demand that Apple or WhatsApp stop offering encryption, we need to see those companies stand strong, and we'll need to see journalists and users stand strong with them. And if that means calling the bluff and pulling out of the country, they need to do that," he said.

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