HORSHAM, Pa., Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Afilias, the world's second largest domain name registry, today announced that it has joined the Global Encryption Coalition (globalencryption.org).
The Global Encryption Coalition promotes and defends the use of strong encryption for everyone. By joining the coalition, Afilias has joined forces with over 50 civil society organizations, industry associations, and companies to defend encryption that helps protect everyone on the internet.
Afilias has also signed on to an open letter penned by several members of the Coalition that opposes the "Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act S. 4501" currently under consideration by the US Senate. This letter advises the Senate of the many unintended and disastrous consequences of this ill-conceived legislation. While promising to give law enforcement access to encrypted criminal content (under warrant), the bill mandates insecure "backdoors" and hence exposes ALL content, eliminating the substantial public benefits of encryption. It will force the exposure of confidential information such as financial transactions, personal health data, and all other sensitive information on the internet to not just surveillance by law enforcement but exploitation by cyber criminals. By requiring providers to weaken the end-to-end user encryption that now protects the public, the bill will open security gaps and facilitate a massive violation of the privacy of millions of internet users—without achieving its intended goal of finding criminals.
"When encryption is outlawed, only outlaws will have encryption," said Ram Mohan, Chief Operating Officer of Afilias Inc. which has signed the Open Letter Against Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act . He went on to say: "Once backdoors are created, sophisticated cyber criminals (including rogue states) will just waltz right in and take whatever they want from complying US organizations, damaging their customers and putting them at significant disadvantage to global competitors. As the pandemic moves our lives online, we need more encryption, not less, to ensure the safety and security of our online communications. Unfortunately, if this legislation is adopted" he stated recently to the Wall Street Journal: "you cannot unring this bell."
"We welcome Afilias to the fight," added Ryan Polk, Senior Policy Advisor at the Internet Society and a member of the Global Encryption Coalition steering committee. "Afilias has a long history of leading new developments in security standards, fighting for strong operating practices in the domain industry, driving security norms and championing internet security. The Coalition welcomes experts such as Afilias to bring their technical and policy knowledge to the process."
Afilias is the world's second largest domain registry, with over 20 million domain names under management in over 200 top level domains. Afilias powers a wide variety of top-level domains, including TLDs for countries, cities, brands, communities, and generic terms. Afilias' specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a broad range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, managed DNS, and mobile Web services. Afilias, Inc. is based near Philadelphia – offices are also located in Dublin Ireland, Toronto Canada, New Delhi India, Melbourne Australia, Vista California, and Beijing China. Afilias holds a Guinness World Records title for the "Largest migration of an internet top-level domain in a single transition." For more information on Afilias services please visit www.afilias.info.
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