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WhatsApp Turns on Encryption for All Platforms

In a move that is sure to rile the FBI, following the law enforcement agency’s feud with Apple over its refusal to unlock the iPhone of a suspect in the San Bernardino shooting, instant messaging app…

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End-to-End Encrypted iMessages Can Still be Read by Apple

Apple’s approach to user security is admirable – though its dedication to end-to-end encryption could see its smartphones banned in California – but despite its iMessage service – an instant messaging app used for communications between Apple…

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California Moves to Ban Encrypted Phones

The state of California is looking to introduce new legislation that would see encrypted smartphones banned from sale and ownership. The bill, ZDNet reports, was introduced by Democratic California assembly member Jim Cooper and would require…

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GCHQ-Developed Encryption System Has Built-In Backdoor

A security researcher has discovered that a telephone encryption system developed by UK intelligence agency GCHQ contains a backdoor that can be exploited by anyone who has its master key. Steven J. Murdoch, a Royal Society…

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Manhattan District Attorney Attacks Apple’s Encryption Policy

Cyrus R. Vance, the District Attorney of Manhattan, has launched a scathing attack on Apple after CEO Tim Cook said that the company would resist any attempts by the US government to circumvent its user’s privacy,…

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WhatsApp’s Promise of True Encryption Proven False

Last year, the Facebook-owned messaging app Whatsapp, in a move applauded by privacy advocates, announced that it would be introducing end-to-end encryption to protect user data from being intercepted in transit, viewable only by sender and…

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Speaks Out About Encryption Backdoors

While some governments are trying to ban end-to-end encryption or insert backdoors into encrypted systems, a prominent yet unexpected voice has spoken out in support of protecting people’s privacy. Michael Chertoff, the former Secretary of Homeland…

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UK’s WhatsApp Ban Ruled Unlawful

UK Prime Minister David Cameron plans to ban any online messaging platform that uses end-to-end encryption, such that it would be unreadable by the country’s intelligence services, has been deemed “inconsistent with [European Union] law”. Messaging…

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David Cameron Declares War on Encryption

In an effort to out-Tory even himself, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has reaffirmed his intent to outlaw data encryption during Prime Minister’s Questions this week. Cameron thinks it’s an affront that we peasants be able…

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Spying Will Get ‘Ethically Worse’ if Unbreakable Encryption is Allowed

Sir David Omand, former head of British intelligence organisation GCHQ, warns that if end-to-end encryption is permitted, that methods of spying will become “ethically worse” to compensate. Ormand said, “One of the results of Snowden is…

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Use Wickr to Send Self-Destructing Messages From Your Desktop

Wickr, the instant messaging equivalent of Snapchat, is now available for home computers. The desktop version operates in the same way as the smartphone app, allowing users to send text, image, and audio recordings that “self-destruct”…