What is Global Encryption Day?

Global Encryption Day is a digital global event taking place on 21 October 2021. Global Encryption Day will put strong encryption firmly in the spotlight around the world to help us champion a stronger Internet for all. On the 21 October, you’ll be able to participate in events and activities taking place around the world.

Who’s Organizing Global Encryption Day and Why?

The Global Encryption Coalition (GEC) is organizing Global Encryption Day to help champion strong encryption around the world and build a global movement of partners that can strengthen each other’s efforts to promote the use of strong encryption and prevent dangerous attempts by governments and law enforcement agencies to undermine it.

What is the Make the Switch Campaign?

In the days leading up to Global Encryption Day, we’re running the Make the Switch campaign. We want you to participate by pledging to Make the Switch to end-to-end encrypted services and platforms and to help champion strong encryption and encrypted platforms and services to your communities. The Make the Switch campaign will culminate on Global Encryption Day itself.

Why Should I Pledge to Make the Switch to End-to-End Encrypted Services?

By pledging to Make the Switch to end-to-end encrypted products or services, you’ll join thousands of people around the world who have taken back control of their online privacy and security, sending a collective message to governments around the world that when encryption is weakened, all of us are put at greater risk.

How Can I Make the Switch to End-to-End Encrypted Services?

No app or platform can perfectly meet everyone’s security and communication needs, so it is not possible to make recommendations without considering the details of a particular person’s or group’s situation. Apps, platforms and legislation change regularly, so what is correct today might not be correct tomorrow. We can however, recommend that you take these steps to protect yourself. You can also see why these companies are proud to offer secure services to their customers.
Read more about why it’s difficult to recommend which end-to-end encrypted app to use in this article by Global Encryption Coalition (GEC) member Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

What is Encryption and How Does it Work?

Encryption is the process of scrambling or enciphering data so it can be read only by someone with the means to return it to its original state. It is a crucial feature of a safe and trustworthy Internet and it helps provide data security for sensitive information. End-to-end encryption is the most secure form of encryption that you can use. End-to-end encryption is any form of encryption in which only the sender and intended recipient can read the message. No third party, even the party providing the communication service, has knowledge of the encryption key. Find out more about encryption and how it works.

Why Should I Care About Encryption?

Encrypted platforms not only keeps you and the people you love safe from hackers and thieves, but also improves the security of the Internet as a whole. That is why every person, business and organization should Make the Switch to using strong encryption by Global Encryption Day. Find out more about why you should care about encryption.

Why is Encryption Under Threat?

Some organizations and governments are pushing to weaken encryption as a means to fight crime. This not only undermines efforts to prevent crime but creates a dangerous precedent that compromises the personal security of billions of people and the national security of countries around the world. Find out more about why encryption is under threat.

How Can I Take Part in Global Encryption Day?

There are many ways you can take part in the Global Encryption Day: Hold an event on Global Encryption Day to tell your community about the need for strong encryption.

Can I follow Global Encryption Day on Social Media?

Yes. We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Please follow us and share our posts with your communities using the following hashtags:

  • English: #MakeTheSwitch and #EncryptionDay
  • Spanish: #DíaMundialDelCifrado and #HazElCambio
  • Portuguese: #DiaGlobaldaCriptografia and #VireAChave

How Can I Get my Global Encryption Day Event Listed in the Events Section?

If you’re holding an event on or in the lead up to Global Encryption Day, we want to know about it! To have your event listed in our global events calendar, please let us know.

I’m a Journalist/Media Rep and Want to Talk to Someone About Global Encryption Day and the Make the Switch Campaign. Who Can I Contact?

Contact our press office at [email protected]

Why Should I Become a Friend of the Global Encryption Coalition (GEC)?

The Global Encryption Coalition (GEC) welcomes individuals who support the GEC’s mission and founding statement to become a Friend of the Global Encryption Coalition. It’s free and open to everyone.

Become a Friend of the Coalition to:

  • Show your support for the GEC’s mission.
  • Access toolkits to bolster your encryption advocacy efforts.
  • Receive the GEC monthly newsletter.

Why Should My Organization Become a Member of the Global Encryption Coalition (GEC)?

Organizations and businesses that support the GEC’s mission and founding statement are welcome to apply to join the Global Encryption Coalition.

GEC Members benefit from:

  • Access informed policy debates on encryption around the world.
  • Support from a diverse membership for your advocacy.
  • Amplification of your advocacy messages through the global GEC member community.


Is This Website Available in Multiple Languages?

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Does This Website Have Accessibility Features?

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