A matter of security, privacy and trust: A study of the principles and values of encryption in New Zealand
Dizon, M., Ko, R. K. L., Rumbles, W., Gonzalez, P., McHugh, P., & Meehan, A. (2019). A matter of security, privacy and trust: A study of the principles and values of encryption in New Zealand (Report). New Zealand: New Zealand Law Foundation and University of Waikato.
Permanent Research Commons link: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/13386
Cybersecurity is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of the general public, businesses, government, and the country as a whole. New Zealand has a reasonably comprehensive and well-grounded legal regime and strategy for dealing with cybersecurity matters. However, there is one area that deserves further attention and discussion – encryption. Encryption is at the heart of and underpins many of the technologies and technical processes used for computer and network security, but current laws and policies do not expressly cover this significant technology. The principal objective of this study is to identify the principles and values of encryption in New Zealand with a view to informing future developments of encryptionrelated laws and policies. The overarching question is: What are the fundamental principles and values that apply to encryption? In order to answer this question, the study adopts an interdisciplinary approach that examines the technical, legal and social dimensions of encryption. With regard to the technical dimensions, this requires exploring the technical elements and aspects of encryption and how they can impact law and society. In relation to law, existing and proposed encryption law and policies in New Zealand and other jurisdictions are examined in terms of how they affect and are affected by encryption. On the social dimension, the perceptions, opinions and beliefs of three groups of stakeholders most concerned about encryption (i.e., the general public, businesses and government) are recognised and considered.
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