October 21, 2022 marks the second annual Global Encryption Day (https://www.globalencryption.org). The event emphasizes the importance of end-to-end encryption for the privacy and safety of online users. As one of the world’s leaders in online privacy and safety, M3AAWG strongly supports the idea of end-to-end encryption.
From The Global Encryption Coalition:
Strong encryption is a fundamental part of how we remain safe online and offline. It means people can communicate with another person safe in the knowledge no-one is listening in or tampering with their messages.
Despite this, governments around the world are ramping up their attacks on end -to-end encryption (E2EE). Governments view it as a hurdle for law enforcement agencies. But systematically weakening people’s digital safety is not the answer.
End-to-end encryption is the gold standard of security in a world where daily life is increasingly online. We need to push back against government efforts to undermine E2EE.
On Global Encryption Day, we need you to join our efforts to protect end-to-end encryption and defeat any proposals that undermine it. We’ve already shown how attempts to create backdoors in end-to-end encryption are untenable. Now we need to stop the other shortcuts that governments are suggesting.
End-to-end encryption protects us all - that's why we need to protect it.
Here at M3AAWG, we recently announced new focus areas (https://www.m3aawg.org/blog/online-abuse-is-changing-and-m3aawg-is-meeti...), including encryption. Our intent is to continue the work of our members worldwide to protect the Internet and users from many forms of abuse and to create a better and safer Internet experience. Encryption is a foundation of our work and we encourage the use and support for strong encryption.
We have a number of best practices published and freely available here, https://www.m3aawg.org/published-documents, that reference encryption.
Learn more about M3AAWG at https://www.m3aawg.org/about-m3aawg and more about Global Encryption Day at https://www.globalencryption.org/2022/06/global-encryption-day-2022/.