Digital Privacy – A fundamental Human Right

Waverly Business Park Observatory Cape Town, South Africa, 20 October 2023, 07:30 to 12:00 UTC

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Global Encryption Day, celebrated annually on October 21st, serves as a pivotal reminder of the critical role that encryption plays in safeguarding the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals worldwide. This day holds significant importance, not just in the realm of technology, but also for the preservation of privacy, security, and the protection of sensitive information.

In an era marked by the rapid advancement of digital technologies and the omnipresence of cyber threats, the necessity of robust encryption mechanisms has become more pronounced than ever before. Encryption, in its essence, entails the transformation of data into an unintelligible form, making it accessible only to authorized parties possessing the requisite decryption keys. As such, it serves as a bulwark against unauthorized access, ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of personal, financial, and sensitive data.

The significance of encryption as a human right cannot be overstated. It underpins the right to privacy, enshrined in various international conventions and declarations, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In an age where digital interactions permeate every aspect of modern life, the right to privacy serves as a cornerstone of personal autonomy and dignity. Encryption acts as a shield, fortifying this right and empowering individuals to communicate, transact, and express themselves freely without fear of undue surveillance or infringement. Join us to discuss all this an more at the training held in Cape Town with Internet South Africa