Your right to have private conversations online is facing a huge threat — from our own governments.
Five powerful countries — Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States — have just recently agreed to combine their efforts to break the encryption that keeps our daily lives safe and private.
It’s a frightening thought — our governments have decided that we should no longer be allowed the right to chat privately to one another on apps like WhatsApp without them being able to listen in to our conversations.
We need to fight back now to stop this terrible idea from going any further. Can you join the global call to protect our safety and security?
The opponents of encryption have a very cunning PR strategy. They’re busy painting encryption as something scary, unusual and illicit, something that ‘ordinary people’ don’t want or need2.
But you and I know that’s not even close to the truth. End-to-end encryption protects the millions of messages sent every day on popular chat apps, and strong encryption makes our daily online activities like banking and shopping secure.
The simple truth is: not only do people want encryption – we already use it every day. And that’s why we’re going to win this.Tech companies and security experts are already speaking out en masse, but our governments need to hear the outrage coming from their own citizens.
If thousands of us can make our voices heard together, we can convince them to drop these dangerous and misguided plans.
These five governments work together in an alliance known as the Five Eyes. But even within the alliance, some member countries are pushing harder on this topic than others.
In particular, politicians in Australia and the UK have been very aggressively attacking the right to encryption, even though experts have criticized their proposals, like the idea of building ‘back doors’, as unsafe and ‘Orwellian’3,4.
That’s why we need Canada to be a voice of reason in this.
We have yet to see a firm proposal or technical details from any of the Five Eyes countries on how they plan to break end-to-end encryption. And if we can get the majority of the countries to understand that breaking encryption makes us less secure — not more — before any plans materialize, we have a real chance to kill this terrible idea right here and now.
Thanks again for everything you do,
Victoria with OpenMedia
 Five Country Ministerial 2017: Joint Communiqué (PDF)
 UK home secretary Amber Rudd says ‘real people’ don’t need end-to-end encryption: Business Insider
 Theresa May’s repeated calls to ban encryption still won’t work: New Scientist
 Prime Minister claims laws of mathematics ‘do not apply’ in Australia: The Independent
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