A United Nations report released Thursday argues that strong encryption is fundamental to exercising basic human rights.

“Encryption and anonymity enable individuals to exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age and, as such, deserve strong protection,” says the report, from the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The international group is releasing the report as the U.S. and other governments debate methods that would give law enforcement agencies guaranteed access to encrypted data.

Special rapporteur David Kaye authored the report, which is strongly worded in its opposition to intentional access points built into encryption, or “backdoors.”

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