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Encryption is a human right

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Amnesty International Human rights organisation

People everywhere should be able to encrypt their communications and personal data as an essential protection of their rights to privacy and free speech. Encryption is a basic prerequisite for privacy and free speech in the digital age. Banning encryption is like banning envelopes and curtains. It takes away a basic tool for keeping your private life private.
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EFF We're the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We defend your civil liberties in a digital world.

Encryption protects democracy, by preserving speech and dissent in repressive countries
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Bryan Johnson Founder of KernelCo, OS Fund & Braintree

When I use Facebook today, I log in and I socialize with my friends and my family. In exchange for that, they acquire as much data as they possibly can about me. They know me better than my girlfriend. That’s the same relationship I have with Google and Twitter and the government, who is also collecting everything they can about me. I really dislike this relationship. Now, let’s imagine, if we ha... See More
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David Casacuberta Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona

The right to electronic privacy should also be part of the declaration of universal rights and democratic constitutions. The right to privacy or intimacy is not the right to have secrets; it’s the right to decide whom you want to share information with. It's a basic thing. It has always been part of the definition of human beings and their dignity.

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Amber Rudd MP British MP and Home Secretary

Encryption is severely limiting our agencies ability to stop terrorist attacks. "Real people" don't need encryption.
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New York County District Attorney Moving justice forward.

The United States Constitution provides that local law enforcement agents may obtain access to places where criminals hide evidence – including their homes, car trunks, storage facilities, computers, and digital networks – so long as the agents have a search warrant issued by a judge. Carved into the bedrock of the Fourth Amendment is a balance between the privacy rights of individuals and the pub... See More
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