Extending Encryption

We need encryption for a safe, secure, and functioning world.

Encryption is a vital tool for protecting ourselves in a digital society. Yet governments are increasingly trying to undermine this valuable tool, putting us all in danger.

From when we wake up in the morning to when we go to bed at night, we rely on encryption every day. It safeguards the personal security of billions of people around the world and the national security of countries everywhere. Whether it’s our private messages, online banking, air traffic control, medical data, or e-voting, our online information must be protected against eavesdropping and tampering.

We’re working across the globe to protect encryption by helping policymakers understand proposals that could jeopardize our security online.

How Encryption Works

Encryption is the process of scrambling or enciphering data so it can be read only by someone with the means to return it to its original state. It is a crucial feature of a safe and trustworthy Internet. It keeps your identity safe and stops people from impersonating you or the people that you trust. It is also critical for national security, protecting society from terrorists, criminals, and hostile governments.

Strengthening the Internet 

To keep the Internet strong, we’re:

  • Educating policymakers about the importance of protecting and promoting the use of strong encryption
  • Working with advocates everywhere to speak up for strong encryption
  • Continuing to grow the Global Encryption Coalition to strengthen the efforts of advocates worldwide to promote and protect a more secure and trustworthy Internet

Get Involved 

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Take Our Free Encryption Advocacy Course

Learn what encryption is, why it matters to everyone, and how you can protect it in this free e-learning course.

Join the Global Encryption Coalition

Join the powerful advocacy network of  organizations, companies, and cybersecurity experts.

Become a Friend of the Global Encryption Coalition

Sign up for news alerts and toolkits to help you with encryption advocacy.

Participate in Global Encryption Day 2022

Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!