Why Encryption Matters in the Debate Over Privacy and Security

Why Encryption Matters in the Debate Over Privacy and Security

YOU KEEP USING THAT WORD….Concerns over data privacy and security may have everyone spooked, but the two concepts are often misunderstood and conflated. Bill Fitzgerald, Director of Common Sense Media’s Privacy Review Program, offers a smart primer on the different shades “privacy” and how vendors can have “great security and bad privacy.” Consumers deserve more power to secure their data, he suggest:

“If we—people with less access to technical and financial resources than the more wealthy or connected—want to have a chance at maintaining our privacy, encryption is one of the tools we must have at our disposal.”

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