End-to-end encryption provides a foundational data protection safeguard, allowing secure data transfer between the sender and recipient while blocking it from external compromise. It also means this data can be inaccessible to law enforcement, who then must find alternative means to access that data.
Across the globe, repressive governments frustrated with data inaccessibility have banned or attempted to block end-to-end encryption under national security rationales, with a net negative effect on internet freedoms and individual rights. The United States has recently renewed the encryption battle, with a recent National Security Council meeting that discussed banning end-to-end encryption. Instead of seeking to emulate these regimes, the United States and allies should reinforce a commitment to data protection and privacy based on the security benefits of end-to-end encryption.