EFF joins activists and rights groups in rejecting attacks on encryption


Encryption is under attack. In liberal democracies, elected leaders pretend to respect our right to privacy, while seeking to create a system that allows them to scan all the data we send over the Internet.

Earlier this month, the UK Home Office spent public funds to a high-priced ad campaign that blasphemed encryption, portraying it as a tool used by criminals. In the United States, a Senate committee is about to vote on the dangerous “EARN IT” law, which could lead to widespread scanning of private messages and photos. In both countries, the excuse is the same: lawmakers say they have to get into our messages in order to prevent crimes against children.

The public is notified. We know encryption is necessary to defend everyone’s privacy and security online. Government officials cannot be allowed to treat basic security measures as evidence of a crime.

The EFF has joined forces with cybersecurity experts and human rights activists around the world to fight scare tactics used by the UK government, in a letter signed by more than 50 security groups and experts .

“Anti-encryption policies threaten the fundamental human right to freedom of expression,” the letter states. “Compromising encryption would compromise investigative journalism that exposes corruption and criminality…even digitizing messages creates serious risks to the security and privacy of society as a whole, while the assistance it can provide to law enforcement of order is problematic at best.

The entire letter can be read here.

If you are a US resident, we need your help to immediately defend encryption against the EARN IT Act. We expect a Senate committee to vote on this bill on Thursday.




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