Op-ed Discussing Encryption and Online Privacy Published
Updated: Oct 13, 2020
On January 29, global tech company Morning Consult published an op-ed by Carlos Gutierrez, LGBT Tech's Deputy Director and General Counsel. In light of recent attempts by the United States, United Kingdom, and Australian governments to open end-to-end encrypted networks, Mr. Gutierrez emphasizes encryption's importance to marginalized communities.
"While the protection of public safety is a legitimate government aim, and a priority that we share, it is misleading to frame the issue as a binary choice between privacy and security," Mr. Gutierrez writes. "LGBT Tech and other technology and civil rights organizations maintain that delaying strong, end-to-end security measures will only put more consumers at risk of having their sensitive and personal data breached, mishandled or exploited."
Such data breaches could be especially harmful for LGBTQ+ communities, who statistically access the internet more than the general population. "That is why encryption is such an important tool," according to Mr. Gutierrez: "it protects our community and allows v