Sign to Protect Encryption!

21 September 2017 — OpenMedia

Your right to have private conversations online is facing a huge threat — from our own governments.

Five powerful countries — the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States — have just recently agreed to combine their efforts to break the encryption that keeps our daily lives safe and private.1

It’s a frightening thought — our governments have decided that we should no longer be allowed the right to chat privately to one another on apps like WhatsApp without them being able to listen in to our conversations.

We need to fight back now to stop this terrible idea from going any further. Can you join the global call to protect our safety and security?

Sign to protect encryption

The opponents of encryption have a very cunning PR strategy. They’re busy painting encryption as something scary, unusual and illicit, something that ‘ordinary people’ don’t want or need.2

But you and I know that’s not even close to the truth. End-to-end encryption protects the millions of messages sent every day on popular chat apps, and strong encryption makes our daily online activities like banking and shopping secure.

The simple truth is: not only do people want encryption – we already use it every day. And that’s why we’re going to win this. Tech companies and security experts are already speaking out en masse, but our governments need to hear the outrage coming from their own citizens.

If thousands of us can make our voices heard together, we can convince them to drop these dangerous and misguided plans.

Sign to protect encryption

These five governments work together in an alliance known as the Five Eyes. But even within the alliance, some member countries are pushing harder on this topic than others.

And sadly, the two countries who are most aggressively attacking the right to encryption are the UK and Australia.

Even though experts have criticised the proposals, like the idea of building ‘back doors’, as unsafe and ‘Orwellian’,3,4 UK and Australian politicians are continuing to push their agenda on the Five Eyes countries. In fact, today, Theresa May is at the United Nations speaking to technology companies about breaking encryption.5

That’s why we need everyone in the UK to speak out as loudly as possible.

We have yet to see a firm proposal or technical details from any of the Five Eyes countries on how they plan to break end-to-end encryption.

And if we can send a huge message that breaking encryption makes us less secure — not more — before any plans materialise, we have a real chance to kill this terrible idea right here and now.

Sign to protect encryption

Thanks again for everything you do,

Victoria with OpenMedia

Footnotes
[1] Five Country Ministerial 2017: Joint Communiqué
[2] UK home secretary Amber Rudd says ‘real people’ don’t need end-to-end encryption: Business Insider
[3] Theresa May’s repeated calls to ban encryption still won’t work: New Scientist
[4] Prime Minister claims laws of mathematics ‘do not apply’ in Australia: The Independent
[5] WhatsApp rejected Government request to access encrypted messages: Sky News