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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 of the Interior made alarming commitments when it comes to content filtering and “lawful access solutions” for encrypted content.

While there is an urgent need to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting Internet platforms, we urge leaders of the G7 countries to think differently.

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

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.

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