To: Attorneys General and security ministers of the Five Eyes nations
Together, we as citizens of the Five Eyes nations are urging you to protect our security by rejecting any policies or laws that would compromise or outlaw encryption.
Any action that would limit or remove our access to strong encryption would severely impact our right to online privacy and put the security of hundreds of millions of Internet users at risk.
Strong encryption is integral for our safety and security online. It protects our everyday transactions, as well as our personal communications, from hacking and abuse by malicious actors. The global digital economy depends upon the trust that strong encryption provides.
Strong encryption means unbreakable encryption. We're alarmed by suggestions from some Five Eyes leaders that technology companies be forced to build 'backdoors' into the encryption tools we rely on every day. Security experts agree that any ‘master key’ built to give access to security services would immediately become a target for hackers, and would therefore weaken the safety and security of countless innocent citizens.
As leaders of the global community, we ask you to commit to upholding the security of your citizens. In particular, we ask that you make a public commitment that you will not:
Seek to weaken encryption standards
Seek to ban encryption
Require or pressure tech companies to build ‘backdoors’ to encryption
Require or pressure service providers to design communication tools in ways that facilitate government interception
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