Our private data is collected on a massive scale. All governments are involved in this, the ones who admit it and the ones who don’t admit it. And very few people actually know how much data Big Tech collects about everyone who signs up for apps and free accounts.
There is a simple way to keep things private, to make sure that neither governments not Big Tech can get their hands on the data you want to protect. This can easily be done by using end-to-end encryption, making the data invisible to everyone who wants to snoop.
It is not a big surprise that governments and intelligence agencies don’t like end-to-end encryption. And there is a push for making this form of encryption illegal, if no backdoors are offered to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Yet as soon as a backdoor is offered, we are no longer talking about end-to-end encryption. And our governments have not exactly shown that we can rely on them to decide purely based on human rights and human dignity.
An article on the Next Web states:
“Governments around the world are calling for encryption backdoors that would enable access to personal information. They argue that encryption protects criminals. But it also protects activists, dissidents, persecuted groups, and ordinary citizens. Edward Snowden is among the most prominent beneficiaries. The whistleblower’s first messages to journalists were made with encryption.”
“If you weaken encryption, people will die,” said Snowden in a statement. “This year alone, after the fall of the government of Afghanistan, we saw how crucial encryption is in keeping ordinary people safe.”
So what can we do to stop this? Get involved with spreading the word about the need to protect encryption as a tool to maintain online privacy. Visit and share the website of the Global Encryption Coalition. Start using and promoting encryption tools.
The Global Encryption Coalition (GEC) “…mission is to promote and defend encryption in key countries and multilateral fora where it is under threat. The GEC also supports efforts by companies to offer encrypted services to their users.”
So please get active and involved and visit the Global Encryption Coalition website.