In this article Stephen P. Cummings, MSW, ACSW, LISW, argues the case against outlawing the use of electronic encryption. While lifting encryption might help law enforcement investigate illegal activities, it creates many implications for social workers and the people they serve.
End-to-end encryption is good practice for social workers and well as following the NASW Code of Ethics. Social workers need to always take reasonable steps to maintain client privacy and use reasonable safeguard, including encryption.
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