Police task force doesn’t want Meta to expand end-to-end encryption
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) wants Meta to abandon end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger and Instagram. The international collaboration of police units argues that it would make protecting children more difficult.
The VGT was founded in 2003 and consists of 15 members, including Euro... Read more
WhatsApp refuses to comply with UK’s new Online Safety Bill
The Boris Johnson era bill is slowly making its way through Parliament, stirring protest along the way.
WhatsApp's chief executive says that the chat platform will not compromise their "end-to-end" encryption process, which may lead to the app being blocked in the UK, according to Silicon Angle.... Read more
Google launches end-to-end encryption for Gmail web
Google recently announced end-to-end encryption for the web version of Gmail. The feature allows users to send and receive encrypted emails inside and outside their domains.
The update involves client-side encryption or E2EE. When enabled, the security feature ensures that sensitive data from an... Read more
Apple introduces end-to-end encryption for iCloud data
Apple launched Advanced Data Protection, an optional end-to-end encryption feature preventing data from iCloud from being decrypted on an "untrusted" device.
Advanced Data Protection should keep an iCloud account's data private even in the unlikely event that Apple is hacked. The Wall Street Jou... Read more
Microsoft rolls out end-to-end encryption for Teams video calls
Microsoft updates its Teams collaboration platform with new end-to-end encryption features. Full encryption currently applies only to one-to-one Teams video calls. Group conversations cannot use the security functionality for the time being.
The end-to-end encryption is not set by default for ev... Read more
WhatsApp to bring encrypted backups support for users later this year
WhatsApp announced it will offer its users end-to-end encrypted backups later this year. Users will be able to choose how the encryption key is stored. The simplest storage form is for users to store the random 64-digit key themselves just like how Signal handles backups.
The users would need to... Read more
Synology C2 Transfer is live now and free for 90 days
C2 Transfer is now operational. Synology has announced a 90-day free trial for anyone willing to give it a try. C2 Password is suitable for regular users without intensive needs. However, Synology envisions a different approach for businesses with C2 Transfer.
The new service's design allows org... Read more
AWS acquires Wickr for its encrypted messaging service
Amazon Web Services is making its foray into the encrypted messaging industry. The company has announced the acquisition of the secure communications service Wickr. The messaging app has positioned itself as the go-to service for government, military groups, and enterprises.
It claims to be the ... Read more
EU encourages end-to-end encryption
The EU has published a resolution on how to deal with encryption, security and privacy in the future. Contrary to previous fears, the Union does not want to prohibit end-to-end encryption or require a backdoor.
In the resolution, the EU indicates that it wants to strike a balance between the pos... Read more
Google will roll out end-to-end encryption for Android Messages
For the past 18 months, Google has been rolling out the next-gen messaging app for Android users. It will replace old, insecure, and clunky SMS messaging apps. The company now says that the rollout is complete, with the next plan being to bring end-to-end encryption to the app in 2021.
Rich Comm... Read more