On Tuesday, July 7, Defending Rights & Dissent, along with a host of national organizations and security experts (including DRAD board president Sascha Meinrath) from civil society, industry and academia, signed onto a national letter expressing our strong opposition to the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. a bill that would expose millions of Americans to substantially higher risk from malicious cyber actors, including foreign adversaries and cyber criminals. The proposed law would effectively force companies to build and maintain encryption backdoors for law enforcement officials, which could be exploited by others.
Encryption is essential to our online privacy, any move to weaken encryption, especially one that requires back doors for law enforcement, leaves journalists, human rights defenders and dissidents vulnerable to government repression.
See the letter below: