Focus on criminals that limits web liberty is misguided, says expert

UN investigator David Kaye wants to see states promote encryption to protect people’s identities with no possibility of “backdoor” access to data.

Protecting people's online identity by scrambling the data they access is a necessity even though criminals might benefit, a UN investigator said Thursday.

Citing the serious risks faced by individuals whose online identity is not protected – or as it's known, encrypted – UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye said many states could do more to make the internet safer to use.

But his proposals have run into opposition from governments including those which promote freedom of expression.

Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva.

Duration: 2’25″

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