The debates arising from the Apple-FBI case continue, drawing interest from an increasing number of parties. 

On Friday, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a press release urging the US authorities to consider both sides of the privacy vs. national security argument very carefully, because of the potential impact that a decision against Apple could have for the human rights of people around the world.  

The High Commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has highlighted that encryption and anonymity are invaluable in the fight for freedom of expression and the right to privacy.  Whilst noting that the FBI deserves support, he has stated that if a Government has the ability to break through the encryption on its citizens' phones, this "may lead to the persecution of individuals who are simply exercising their fundamental human rights" around the world.