Mozilla Starts Petition to Oppose the EARN IT Act

In March of this year, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill called the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Internet Technologies Act (EARN IT Act)...

Mozilla Starts Petition to Oppose the EARN IT Act

In March of this year, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill called the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act), which, like similar bills in the past, gives law enforcement agencies and other members of government near unlimited access to citizens' personal data.

Those who understand encryption realize that it is responsible for protecting things like financial and health data, but this seems to slip through the cracks when the anti-encryption discussion comes up in congressional debates. As a result, the Mozilla Foundation has started a petition for ordinary citizens to dispute the EARN IT Act, which can be signed at Mozilla Foundation - Oppose the EARN IT Act.

This petition is part of a larger campaign for, as Mozilla calls it, a "healthy internet." Other issues that Mozilla encompasses in this campaign are privacy on video calling apps (like Zoom), misinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and data collection by a number of IoT devices (watches, phones, gaming consoles, etc.).