by Roxanne John- President, Internet Society St. Vincent and the Grenadines (ISOC SVG) Chapter
Encryption is the process of scrambling information so it can only be read by someone with the keys to open and unscramble the information. It is commonly used to protect both data stored on computer systems (data-at-rest) where the secret value is typically known only by the data owner. And data transmitted via computer networks, including the Internet (data-in-transit). Where, data is generally scrambled using a public key and unscrambled using a private key.
End-to-End (E2E) encryption provides the strongest level of security and trust, because by design, only the intended recipient holds the key to decrypt the message. No third party, not even the party providing the communication service, has knowledge of the encryption keys.
We rely on encryption every day. It is fundamental for our security, confidentiality and privacy of data being stored or transmitted. It is key to the functioning of many key elements of our society such as:
Encryption Homepage: https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/encryption/
Policy Briefs: https://www.internetsociety.org/policybriefs/encryption/
Factsheet for Policymakers: https://www.internetsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FactSheet-EncryptionVsLawful-Access-EN.pdf