An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Please prevent the dangerous EARN IT Act from being passed!

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Please stop the dangerous EARN IT Act from being passed. Security professionals have repeatedly warned us that killing encryption will have disastrous effects, but that hasn't stopped our government from installing digital backdoors in secure systems. Predictably, hackers discovered and exploited those digital backdoors, wreaking havoc with communication systems, power grids, and nuclear facilities. Some lawmakers understand the risk posed by breaking encryption. In 2016, a bipartisan Congressional commission concluded that "[e]ncryption is inexorably tied to our national interests." Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has pointed out that "[y]ou can't only build a backdoor for the good guys. Once you weaken encryption with a backdoor, you make it far easier for criminals and hackers and predators to get into your digital life." Do we really want criminals and hackers and predators getting into our hospital records, court records, and energy infrastructure? Please prevent the EARN IT Act from being passed.

First sent on July 2, 2020 by Michael

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