Tell Congress: Defend Encryption

The FBI may have backed off its attempts to strong-arm Apple into building a backdoor to the iPhone, but the fight over crypto is far from over. The ENCRYPT Act and the Secure Data Act are federal bills that will safeguard encryption and reject backdoors. Tell your representatives in Congress to co-sponsor these vital bills.

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Certain outspoken members of the FBI and Department of Justice, and a few state legislators are attacking the encryption standards that undergird modern technology, trying to force companies to insert backdoors and defeat their own security systems.

These actions are reckless and could hurt the security of everyone. Thankfully, there are leaders in Congress working to stop these misguided actions with forward-thinking legislation. Help defend security by sending a letter to your member of Congress today.

As security experts worldwide have repeatedly said: there’s no such thing as a backdoor that only the good guys can use.

February 20, 2017

Dear Members of Congress,

As your constituent, I’m writing to urge you to support and co-sponsor the Secure Data Act (S. 135, H.R. 726) and the ENCRYPT Act (H.R. 4528).

The Secure Data Act (S. 135, H.R. 726) would prohibit any government agency from forcing companies to create backdoors or security vulnerabilities into their software and electronics.

The ENCRYPT Act (H.R. 4528) would preempt state laws that seek to undermine encryption, including misguided proposals in California and New York that would force companies to only sell devices that manufacturers can decrypt.

Consumers need to know that American tech companies haven’t made compromises in security that could pave the way for malicious hackers, identity thieves, or foreign governments. Security experts worldwide have repeatedly warned of the dangers of encryption backdoors, and human rights organizations like Amnesty International have called for nations to promote uncompromised encryption as part of their human rights obligations.

Please make us all safer by supporting these common-sense bills that protect encryption. Your leadership in supporting and co-sponsoring these bills can help create a world in which the technology we use is trustworthy.

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