There is a thin line that many people find hard to define between the need to maintain online privacy and the national security requirements. Edward Snowden has raised some eyebrows as to the penetration of the NSA in people’s privacy; however, there is no right or wrong when it comes to questions asked about the level of security that a nation has got to apply.
In other words, in theory a lot of people have either argued for or against the national security tactics used by the United States and other countries all over the world. The whole situation is difficult to be regarded as either justifiable or not. In such a fluid and ever changing environment, the attention has now been drawn to the value and justification of encryption.
Encryption tools have become more advanced than ever, enabling their users to maintain their anonymity and remain out of reach. An association of companies involved in technology has released a document to Barack Obama, where they urge him the following: “We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products. We request that the White House instead focus on developing policies that will promote rather than undermine the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. Such policies will in turn help to promote and protect cybersecurity, economic growth, and human rights, both here and abroad.”
Of course, it is needless to point out that creating backdoors for the Government to make use of includes a great risk. Nobody can say for sure that such backdoors will only be used in extreme measures. This means that institutions such as the NSA can benefit from a plethora of personal information options available to them, without even sweating for acquiring such information.
According to the OECD guidelines that have been structured for outlining the policies applied to the web, there are policies that embrace the global free flow of information, the open, distributed and interconnected nature of the Internet. At the same time, these policies aim to ensure transparency, fair process, and accountability, as well as cooperation to promote Internet security. In these lines, the dilemma of privacy versus national security is not resolved; instead, it becomes evaen more intense.
Online privacy is an indisputable right for every Internet user, while nations ought to protect their independence and the freedom of their citizens at all costs. Whether or not the one right outweighs the other is not clear and there are people who oppose to each side with reasonable arguments. Based on each and every single case, the scenario can either lean towards the Internet privacy or the need for national security. What remains certain at all times, though, is the fact that encryption is of paramount importance and should be a great tool in the hands of every person online!