Thursday, 15 December 2016

Nikon and Canon should offer encryption in their cameras: there are powerful reasons for it

Nikon and Canon should offer encryption in their cameras: there are powerful reasons for it

The protection of our privacy is an increasingly complex task for most users, but the thing becomes particularly sensitive in the newspaper industry, and especially where it is dedicated to the creation of documentary research with sensitive information.

Laura Poitras knows well. The head of the documentary 'Citizenfour' caught on camera odyssey that spanned Edward Snowden before and during filtration of the documents kept awake massive spying operations of the NSA. All that was exposed recorded on cameras, so this filmmaker has joined 150 other producers to ask Canon and Nikon and other brands that offer encryption in their cameras.

What you record, safer than ever
This group of journalists specialized in documentary film producers have signed an open letter on behalf of the NGO Freedom of the Press Foundation in which target Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Fuji, Kodak and Ricoh.

Nikon and Canon should offer encryption in their cameras: there are powerful reasons for it

The petition is clear: they expect that add the ability for photos and videos that are captured with their devices can be encrypted in memory cards. Thus, they say, no thief or police could access those recordings to deduct them cameras.

The filmmakers say that " we work in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, often trying to uncover criminal acts in pursuit of justice. On countless occasions the directors and photographers have seen their films just seized by authoritarian governments or criminals."

Although there have been attempts by third parties to offer that option -Magic Lantern does for the moment Canon- cameras these options are experimental and are not officially supported by these camera manufacturers, who now have good reason to differentiate themselves with an option that certainly will add a layer of privacy to their devices.

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