The right to send an email message in an encrypted form as a negative right means that criminals or terrorists could send emails that could not be cracked or decoded and pose a threat to our national security and safety. The right to send an email message in an encrypted form as a positive right would mean that our civil rights would be protected from security breaches and information theft.

There are dissenting opinions regarding this issue! The nation is in a quandary whether to control or censure people’s communications through email with regard to protect our freedom to use encryption in our email correspondence. There is an ongoing controversy over people’s civil rights being violated.

I do not believe that the government or the FBI or CIA is justified in intercepting or accessing people’s emails and correspondences, unless the person is a criminal or terrorist. I don’t believe that "big brother" needs to have that kind of power or control over our lives. We should have the right to encrypt our data or communications if we choose to. I do not think that the government should be concerned with who is having sex with whom, unless one of the people is a minor. One example is the Senator who was corresponding with a woman and the emails had sexual content and language. I believe that the Senator was being immoral, but I do not believe that the government has the right to publicize his immorality; unless he was sending these emails to minors. I am a strong believer in protecting our individual rights, unless those people’s rights infringe on the rights of others and are criminal or sexually deviant.

Some secure forms of encryption are the programs Secure-Form, Hushmail, Eye-Secure (used to comply with HIPAA), AspEncrypt, DeCrypt, and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy). The EPIC organization regulates electronic communications, and can be located at: http://www.epic.org.

"Email is the most important business communications system in the world, enabling organizations to efficiently interact with customers, clients, and business partners. Yet unprotected email poses a critical risk to an enterprise’s most sensitive data: customer information, financial data, trade secrets, and other proprietary information. Exposure of this information to unauthorized parties can result in financial loss, legal ramifications, and brand damage." http://www.pgp.com/products/desktop_email

I believe that the impact of implementing a secure form of encryption on information privacy will help to lower the risk of data breaches, identity theft, financial loss, and help ensure the CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, and Accessibility) of information systems.

—Sally Frederick Tudor


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