Publication Date: March 2020

Encryption is a tool designed to help Internet users keep their online data and communications private and secure. It plays a critical role in protecting day-to-day digital activities like online banking, shopping, preventing theft of sensitive information in data breaches, and making sure private messages stay private.

For some communities, like journalists, encryption is especially crucial for keeping people safe and ensuring a healthy freedom of the press.

Encryption is very important for journalists for many reasons, such as for:

  • Safely connecting with sources
  • Protecting the integrity of information
  • Protection from attackers

but not only.

The factsheet also contains stories of success, where encryption was fundamental to safeguard press freedom and privacy.

Tags: Digital safety Digitalisation Safety of journalists

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