WASHINGTON, DC – Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and a coalition of eleven other digital rights, technology, privacy, and open government groups submitted a letter to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calling upon the agency to strengthen its series of proposed principles to guide cryptographic standards development.
NIST, which is legally required to consult with the National Security Agency (NSA), is proposing the new principles following revelations that the NSA deliberately weakened previous NIST standards. The letter focuses on the need for greater openness and transparency to ensure the strongest possible encryption standards.
"Especially after revelations that the National Security Agency deliberately weakened the encryption standards that we all rely on every day when using the Internet, it is critical that the United States take immediate action to repair the trust that has been lost and ensure that such meddling with the basic security of the Internet does not happen again,” said OTI’s Policy Director Kevin Bankston. "The principles we are proposing today will help ensure that the encryption standards processes overseen by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology will result in the strongest possible encryption technologies to provide the strongest possible protection for our private Internet transactions."
The letter, prepared by Internet human rights organization Access (AccessNow.org), is available at available at