Security agencies would like to have limits on the use of encryption or to have technology so they can get past it to investigate threats.

Security agencies would like to have limits on the use of encryption or to have technology so they can get past it to investigate threats.
Photo Credit: Eugenio Marongiu/Shutterstock

Don’t breach encryption warns privacy watcher

Share

After recent terrorist attacks in Canada and abroad, security agencies around the world are asking for limits on encryption to enable them investigate threats online, but those who value privacy are dead set against the idea.

“Encryption is one of the most important methods that we have of keeping our information secure and preserving our privacy online,” says Ann Cavoukian, director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University and former privacy commissioner for the province of Ontario.

Listen
Privacy advocateAnn Cavoukian says “privacy, freedom, liberty…these are essential.”
Privacy advocate Ann Cavoukian says “privacy, freedom, liberty…these are essential.”

Back doors could let in ‘the bad guys’ too

Security forces would like the technology community to build “back doors” to enable them to get past encryption, but Cavoukian says any mechanism that will allow security forces in will also let in the “bad guys.” She understands that security forces want better tools to fight terrorism but says they should instead turn to the tried-and-true methods of infiltration and information-sharing among security agencies.

“We can’t simply blow (it) off and say “you’ve got to give up your privacy in this evolving world,” says Cavoukian. “No. Privacy, freedom, liberty…these are essential.  You don’t just write them off. That’s what I want to drive home.”

‘Privacy is absolutely vital’

Financial, health and business institutions would not be willing to give up their own online security, says Cavoukian. “It’s never going to happen.” Nor should they, she says, adding that the issue of privacy is absolutely vital.

“We want to live in societies where we have freedom. That’s why we want so desperately to fight for our rights to preserve our rights to freedom and liberty. If you erode our privacy, then you erode our freedom. It’s simply not possible.”

Share
Categories: International, Society
Tags: , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet Netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette
When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish or in one of the two official languages, English or French. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*