End to End Encryption and Proof of Supervision: Who Wins?

Australia’s recent move to ban end to end encryption puts the spotlight on the conflict between the right to privacy and a country’s responsibility to protect its citizens. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull explained  “we need to ensure that the internet is not used as a dark place for bad people to hide their criminal activities from the law” as a justification for banning end-to-end encryption. We agree entirely, but this does not justify a lack of due process and unreasonable invasions of personal privacy by unaccountable governments.

In reality, the mathematical encryption of data is no more a declaration of guilt than locking the doors to your house means you have something to hide. We believe it to be the right of every citizen, within reason, to protect their data as they would any other possession.

And while encryption and protection are at the core of our business, we equally believe in the need for transparency; when required by the law or fiduciary obligations as it is for most organizations.  The need for transparency in the workings of an organization is just as imperative as the need for security. As Evizone chairman Bill Wells puts it:

“Imagine if employees or public servants are all communicating with unbreakable encryption so no one can monitor what actually is going on. This is why compliance regulations and the duty to provide “Proof of Supervision” exist. The need to maintain transparency and oversight while still preserving appropriate security of sensitive information is critical. Unbreakable encryption and “Proof of Supervision” are mutually exclusive.

It is a difficult needle to thread, but we have done it at Evizone. Information is secure when it needs to be, but transparency and control are maintained and “Proof of Supervision” is unquestioned. Give us a call and we will be happy to show you how we do it.”

At Evizone you can be sure your communications are secured with the strongest security commercially available and we will defend your right to due process. At the same time you can also be sure that you have total transparency and oversight of the content of your organization’s communications – all managed by policy and with iron clad Proof of Supervision. Falling for the “end to end encrypted therefore safe” canard only means assuming an even bigger risk as Proof of Supervision goes out the window. Failure to supervise constitutes gross negligence and can create enormous liability for any organization.

Do give us a call to learn more, or visit us at http://evizone.com/free-trial/ for a free trial of Evizone Secure Communications and Evizone Communications Governance.