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Join us and ask the leaders of the G7 to send a message to the world.

They must:

• encourage business leaders to increase and enhance encryption in their services, and
• stop pursuing technical mechanisms to give access to encrypted content

A safer world means strong, secure communication.

Protect Encryption, Protect Yourself

Encryption is under threat around the world. It’s up to all of us to take action to protect encryption, protect our data, and protect one another.

Use end-to-end encryption. Stand up for encryption. When we weaken or limit the use of encryption, all of us are put at greater risk.

Global Encryption Under Threat

Criminals can also use encryption. So some law enforcement agencies are concerned that encryption will stop them from getting the evidence or information they need. To address these concerns, some governments are trying to make companies create ways for them to access the content encrypted by the companies’ systems (a practice known as “exceptional access”).

No matter the method, there is no such thing as “exceptional” access. Criminals could discover and use the same way to get in.

How do law enforcement plan to access our data? If law enforcement can access our data, who else can too? And can we catch the bad guys?

What is Encryption?

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.

Encryption keeps criminals and spies from stealing information.  Although you might not realize it, you rely on encryption every day. It protects you while you browse the web, shop online, use mobile banking, or use secure messaging apps.

So encryption scrambles data, but how? What is end-to-end encryption? How else might encryption impact me?

How the Internet Society and Others Help

Encryption plays a vital role in increasing overall trust in the Internet and should be the norm for all traffic. The Internet Society is working to ensure encryption is available for everyone and is deployed as the default.

See how the Internet Society is working in this area to make the Internet more trusted.

Encryption News

The Internet Society’s Concerns on the Recent Government Action in Kazakhstan Regarding Encrypted Internet Traffic 
Statements 23 July 2019

The Internet Society’s Concerns on the Recent Government Action in Kazakhstan Regarding Encrypted Internet Traffic 

The Internet Society and Internet Society Kazakhstan Chapter are deeply concerned about the recent actions taken by the Kazakh...

A New Survey Shows Few Actively Encrypting More Because of Internet Distrust
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Encryption 11 June 2019

A New Survey Shows Few Actively Encrypting More Because of Internet Distrust

A new survey shows that only a handful of people who said they distrust the Internet are actively choosing...

Internet Society Signs Open Letter Opposing GCHQ Ghost Proposal For Weakening Encrypted Communications
Statements 30 May 2019

Internet Society Signs Open Letter Opposing GCHQ Ghost Proposal For Weakening Encrypted Communications

In late 2018, The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) published an essay on Lawfare outlining its principles for “exceptional”...

The False Promise of Lawful Access to Private Data
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In the News 17 May 2019

The False Promise of Lawful Access to Private Data

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WhatsApp: How a Bug Relates to the G7
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Encryption 14 May 2019

WhatsApp: How a Bug Relates to the G7

On 13 May, more than a billion users saw the messaging application WhatsApp being updated. At the same time...

Leaders of the G7: A Safer World Means Strong, Secure Communication
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Encryption 17 April 2019

Leaders of the G7: A Safer World Means Strong, Secure Communication

In the recent G7 outcome document “Combating the use of the Internet for Terrorism and Violent Extremist Purposes“, Ministers...

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