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France and Germany want access into encrypted communications.

The Encryption Debate Continues: France and Germany Seek Access to Messages

The encryption battle continues! This week, France and Germany have created quite a stir as they seek access into encrypted communications sent over mobile messaging services. They want this access to aid investigators in fighting terrorism and preventing subsequent acts going forward. French…

Apple Encryption Debate Versus Government

Apple Asked to Unlock Additional iPhones, as Battle with the Government Continues

We all knew the court’s ruling that Apple must provide access into an encrypted iPhone was just the beginning – and now, only a week later, it’s being reported that the United States government has requested access into more iPhones. The Wall Street…

France Rejects Encryption Backdoors

More Support for Encryption! France Says “No” to Backdoors

Just weeks after the Netherlands officially rejected backdoors into encrypted communications, France has followed suit. France rejected a draft amendment to their Digital Republic Bill that required “mandatory hardware backdoors” be designed into tech devices and products. The proposed amendment was in part…


Open Letter Emphasizes the Danger of Encryption Backdoors

The ongoing resistance to backdoor encryption continued this week, with the “Secure the Internet” initiative. This open letter, launched by Access Now, has already been signed by over 200 activists, organizations and businesses. This letter calls for governments to stop pushing for backdoor…

The Netherlands Officially Rejects Encryption Backdoors

The Netherlands Officially Rejects Encryption Backdoors

This week, the Netherlands government publicly announced support for encryption as an essential tool to safeguard online privacy. This announcement reinforced the importance of encryption, and rejected the encryption “backdoors” that are being pushed for in the United States and some other countries…

Obama Not Seeking Encryption Backdoors

The US Government Says “No” to Encryption Backdoors…for Now

Last week, U.S. President Obama announced the government will no longer be seeking backdoors into encrypted communications. This means the government will not be pursuing legislation to force tech companies to build this capability into their devices, nor will companies be forced to…

EFF Reveals Alarming Crypto Policy Proposed by US Government

The Privacy & Technology in the 21st Century: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Bottom Line event just wrapped up today in Austin, Texas. Hosted by the ACLU, the event brought together Austin technology business leaders and policymakers to talk about the role of technology…

No Encryption Backdoor

No Encryption Backdoors: Why the Government is Wrong

A debate about encryption has been heating up in the United States as the government and law enforcement officials push for a “backdoor” into encrypted communications. As we mentioned in yesterday’s blog post we are strongly opposed to backdoors, and we’ve compiled counter-arguments…

Dear Mr. President - No Government Mandated Backdoors!

Dear Mr. President – No Government Mandated Backdoors!

Golden Frog is honored to be among the nearly 150 signatories of a letter delivered to President Obama this morning condemning the idea of mandatory backdoors into encrypted products and services. The fight to protect encryption is essential to the future of the…

Encryption Makes Us All Safer

(Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post from Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO at Center for Democracy & Technology. It originally appeared on CDT’s website on October 8, 2014).

Smartphones have become the archives of our lives. From family photos and calendars to financial records and medical information, cell phones no longer serve solely as communications devices but are instead a comprehensive repository of both the intimate details and most mundane trivialities of our lives. They often lay next to us as we sleep, and remain close to us all day long, an integral part of our navigation of the online and offline world.