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Comments of the Global Encryption Coalition Steering Committee on Ofcom’s 9 November 2023 Consultation: Protecting People from Illegal Harms Online

Submitted 23 February 2024 via email to Ofcom at [email protected] These non-confidential comments are submitted on behalf of the Global Encryption Coalition’sSteering Committee, which consists of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Freedom Foundation, the Internet Society, and the Mozilla Corporation. They concern the Draft Guidance Ofcom prepared regarding implementation […]

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Experts Letter on Investigatory Powers Act Amendment

5 February 2024 Dear Home Secretary,We, the undersigned, write to express our concerns over the proposed changes to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) notices regime. We write as individuals in our personal capacities who have devoted their careers and lives to building a safer, more reliable, and more inclusive Internet.We are particularly concerned about […]

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Global Encryption Coalition Steering Committee Statement on the ECtHR Court Ruling on Encryption in Podchasov v. Russia

Global Encryption Coalition Steering Committee Statement on the ECtHR Court Ruling on Encryption in Podchasov v. Russia The Global Encryption Coalition Steering Committee (GEC-SC)* welcomes the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of Podchasov v. Russia, which unequivocally reaffirms the position that mandatory requirements imposed by governments to […]

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Global Encryption Coalition Steering Committee Statement on Proposed Revisions to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act

The Center for Democracy & Technology, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Freedom Foundation, the Internet Society, and Mozilla, constituting members of the Global Encryption Coalition’s Steering Committee, issued the following statement regarding proposed revisions to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act.  On 8 November 2023 the first reading of the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill was held […]

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GEC Steering Committee welcomes Meta end-to-end encryption roll-out for Messenger

The Global Encryption Coalition’s Steering Committee1 welcomes the roll-out of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default on Meta’s Messenger service. This important step, which implements recommendations in an independent Human Rights Impact Assessment Meta commissioned last year (2022), will advance the privacy, security and safety of communications for its hundreds of millions of users worldwide. The […]

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Global Encryption Day 2023: bigger than ever!

The third annual Global Encryption Day on 21 October 2023 was bigger than ever! Encryption defenders from around the world made their voices heard to promote and defend the use of strong encryption, discussing the challenges facing encryption today and sharing their vision for a future where encryption makes everyone stronger. Global Encryption Day 2023 […]

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Take Action: Sign the joint letter in response to Australian eSafety proposed industry standards

The Australian government is currently considering draft online safety standards that threaten to undermine the use of end-to-end encryption, putting security and privacy of Internet users at greater risk. The eSafety Commissioner has proposed two draft industry standards under the Online Safety Act. Both draft standards include a range of proactive detection obligations on digital […]

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Global Encryption Day 2023 Statement

Strong encryption is a critical technology that helps keep people, their information, and communications private and secure. It underpins online trust, protects members of vulnerable communities, and safeguards the data of governments, businesses, and citizens from criminals and other malicious actors. However, some governments and organizations are pushing to weaken encryption, which would create a […]

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Kyoto Statement on End-To-End Encryption

On the occasion of the 2023 Internet Governance Forum The Internet Governance Forum is a multi-stakeholder forum that gathers governments, industry, civil society, the technical community, to discuss the most pressing issues related to internet governance. The Global Encryption Coalition was present at the Global Internet Governance Forum in Japan. Members hosted workshops and discussions […]

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Steering Committee Statement on the UK’s Online Safety Bill

The Center for Democracy & Technology, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Freedom Foundation, the Internet Society, and Mozilla, constituting the Steering Committee of the Global Encryption Coalition, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the United Kingdom’s Online Safety Bill. On 19 September 2023, the UK Parliament passed the Online Safety Bill, a critically […]