150 orgs, experts and companies tell Obama: hands off crypto!


The joint letter from human rights organizations, eminent cryptographers, tech companies and trade associations takes aim at the FBI's ever-louder calls to ban the use of effective cryptography.

We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products. We request that the White House instead focus on developing policies that will promote rather than undermine the wide adoption of strong encryption technology. Such policies will in turn help to promote and protect cybersecurity, economic growth, and human rights, both here and abroad.

Strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy ’s security. Encryption protects billions of people every day against countless threats — be they street criminals trying to steal our phones and laptops, compute r criminals trying to defraud us, corporate spies trying to obtain our companies’ most valuable trade secrets, repressive governments trying to stifle dissent, or foreign intelligence age ncies trying to compromise our and our allies’ most sensitive national security secrets.

EFF Joins Nearly 150 Organizations, Security Experts, and Companies to Urge President Obama to Support Strong Encryption [EFF]

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