Encryption under attack | EFFector 29.10

Date: 2016-04-21 12:18
From: “EFFector List” <editor@eff.org>
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EFFector Vol. 29, No. 10 Thursday April 21, 2016 editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

effector: n, Computer Sci. A device for producing a
desired change.

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In our 697th issue:

* Don’t Let Congress Dismantle Encryption

(In most issues of EFFector, we give an overview of all the
work we’re doing at EFF. This week, we’re focusing on how
lawmakers are trying to regulate encryption and what you
can do about it.)

The FBI made headlines when it backed away from its
dangerous and unconstitutional attempt to force Apple to
subvert its own product’s security. But today, there’s a
new threat to your right to secure devices and private
communications. This threat is aimed not just at one phone
or one manufacturer, but at everyone who uses encryption.

If a few senators get their way, any court in the U.S. will
be able to force nearly any company to decrypt any
encrypted data that it handles.

The draft bill–proposed by Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne
Feinstein–reflects an ignorance of everyday computer
security practices that safeguard your devices and
information from criminals. Quite simply, the
Burr-Feinstein bill would be a security disaster.

Learn more:

Take action:

Burr-Feinstein might just be the tip of the iceberg. This
year, the California legislature considered a bill that
would have banned encrypted smartphones unless those
phones’ manufacturers were able to comply with a court
order to break the encryption. And just this week in a
congressional hearing, law enforcement officials argued for
pressuring Apple and Android to keep strong encryption
software from being allowed on their devices at all.

Thanks to many of you speaking up, the California bill died
in committee. But it’s essential that lawmakers keep
hearing from people like you: people who understand why
strong encryption makes everyone safer.

Millions of Americans suffer the loss, theft, or compromise
of intimate communications, trade secrets, and identities
each year. We desperately need more security, not less.
Laws that discourage manufacturers from offering secure
products and services move us in precisely the wrong

Let’s make the message loud and clear to Congress: don’t
compromise our security.

Take action:
Let’s Strengthen Crypto, Not Attack It

There are two bills in Congress to strengthen encryption
and stop reckless attempts by law enforcement to build
backdoors. The ENCRYPT Act and the Secure Data Act would
keep our communications and transactions safe, thus
ensuring more security for everyone.

This is a crucial moment for the future of crypto. Actions
Congress takes this year could have long-reaching
implications for your right to privacy and security. Tell
your members of Congress not to fall for attempts to
scapegoat encryption, and instead, to champion digital
security for everyone.

Take action:

Read more:

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~ Reuters: White House Declines to Support Encryption
White House sources say that although President Obama
hasn’t publicly opposed the Burr-Feinstein proposal, he
won’t work to support it either.

~ Motherboard: Anti-Encryption Social Media Campaign
Backfires Spectacularly
When the New York Police Department and Manhattan District
Attorney tried to launch a pro-backdoor social media
campaign, people came out in droves to defend encryption.

~ Wired: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion
One of the most popular apps in the world now has
end-to-end encryption turned on by default.

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* EFF at the Eleventh HOPE
We are excited to be a part of the Eleventh HOPE
conference! HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) returns to New
York for its eleventh iteration this year, hosted by our
friends at 2600.
July 22-24, 2016
New York City, NY

During the month of April, 10% of all ticket sales will be
donated to support EFF’s work!

* LinuxFest Northwest
EFF Senior Staff Technologist Seth Schoen and Membership
Coordinator Maggie Kazmierczak will be representing EFF at
LinuxFest Northwest. Stop by our table in the expo hall to
learn what EFF is up to and how you can get involved.
April 24, 2016
Belllingham, WA

* EFF at IgniteSF
Learn everything you need to know about Apple vs. FBI in
five minutes, courtesy of EFF Global Policy Analyst Eva
April 26, 2016
San Francisco, CA

* EFF at re:publica
Join us at the Internet and society conference in Berlin.
EFF Director of International Freedom of Expression Jillian
C. York will speak about anti-nudity policies on social
May 2-4, 2016
Berlin, Germany

* Copyright in the Digital Environment: Innovative
Solutions from Creators and Users
EFF is hosting a special side event during the meeting of
the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Our event seeks
to amplify some voices that are often absent in
international copyright discussions, particularly in the
world of music. Renowned musician Imogen Heap will deliver
a keynote presentation.
May 12, 2016
Geneva, Switzerland

* EFF at Maker Faire Bay Area
Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts,
crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers,
science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial
exhibitors. Stop by the EFF booth to learn what we’re
working on and how you can get involved.
May 20-22, 2016
San Mateo, CA

* EFF at Point
EFF Director of International Freedom of Expression Jillian
C. York will speak at Point, the gathering of Southeastern
European civil society organizations.
May 25, 2016
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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