Organizations Caution Policy Makers Against Encryption "Backdoors"

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

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On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, LGBT Tech and a number of other organizations directed a joint letter at United States, United Kingdom, and Australian officials concerning the stated policy stances by those countries on encryption. Recently, law enforcement and government agencies have proposed including exceptional access mechanisms into encryption code, with the intention of giving authorities access to the data contained in encrypted networks. Our letter makes clear that doing so would compromise the security of existing networks, which in turn could increasing threats to personal security. As the letter states, "Strong encryption is essential for national security and public safety, and exceptional access mechanisms -- commonly referred to as 'backdoors' -- would create significant security risks."

It's important to understand how encryption works in order to know just how dangerous backdoors would be. The Internet Society and LGBT Tech recently put together