Looks like, we are heading back into the pre-independence era, only this time we have to fight for our digital rights. While we continue to struggle for net neutrality, here’s a new problem around encrypting our data.
Now, the union government has released a draft National Encryption Policy document online seeking methods of data encryption of data and communications used by the government, businesses, and even citizens. So, an ‘expert panel’ from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) is set to have prepared the draft. Looks like the experts have got it all wrong about how importance of data encryption.
What’s the problem?
Data encryption means conversion of data into a form, called a ciphertext, which helps avoid unauthorised access. Banks and e-commerce sites use encryption to protect your financial and private data, online government sites and several other messaging platforms use encryption to protect your personal data and so on.
And if you felt it wouldn’t impact you directly, then you need to consider that this could impact the way you use WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage service since these use encryption for communication as well. Since the draft also puts the user in a position of responsibility, it could potentially have an effect on WhatsApp and other popular messaging services that use encryption.
You can read the complete report below:
According to the draft, the government wants to ‘provide confidentiality of information in cyber space for individuals, protection of sensitive or proprietary information for individuals & businesses, ensuring continuing reliability and integrity of nationally critical information systems and networks, which is great, but some parts of the documents simply say otherwise.
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