Speak Out Against Bills That Threaten End-to-End Encryption


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When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, Americans lost their constitutional right to an abortion. Suddenly, law enforcement could use private conversations, period tracking app data, or even Google search history about getting an abortion as evidence in a state where it’s illegal to incriminate the person seeking it.

Conversations about seeking reproductive healthcare can be private and secure, if they happen on a messaging app or platform that uses end-to-end encryption, and if we resist government attempts to break encryption.

Encryption is a fundamental part of how stay safe online and offline. How it protects people trying to seek reproductive healthcare care is just one example.

Three Bills Before Congress Could Break Encryption
But there are three bills before the United States Congress that threaten encryption, the strongest tool we have for keeping every user of the Internet safe. Policymakers want to curb the online spread of illegal content and protect children through measures that would force them to remove or weaken end-to-end encryption.

Everyone, including children, deserves protection from exploitation online. But forcing companies to bypass or weaken encryption is misguided and will only leave us all more vulnerable.

What is End-to-End Encryption?
End-to-end encryption is any form of encryption in which only the sender and intended recipient can read the message. No third party, even the party providing the communication service, has a key to access the communication. End-to-end encryption is the most secure form of encryption that you can use.

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