End-to-End Encryption

Encryption-busting law passed in Australia may have global privacy implications

Controversial laws have been passed in Australia which oblige tech companies to allow the police to access encrypted messages, undermining the privacy of encryption with potentially global effects.

Microsoft and Signal team up to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype

Using Open Whisper System's Signal Protocol, Skype has released a preview of end-to-end encrypted "Private Conversations" to select users, providing an extra layer of security for Skype content.

Telegram messaging app strikes deal with Indonesia on encryption

Indonesia blocked access to Telegram's web app in July over terrorism concerns, but developers have now agreed to provide authorities with a direct line of communication regarding illegal activity.

Australian government wants to break WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger encryption

The Australian government is proposing legislation that would break the encryption of chat apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage. It could be modeled on the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Act.
Social Media

Dorsey: Twitter thinking about implementing encrypted direct messages

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he’s open to implementing more security features, such as end-to-end encryption, in regard to direct messages on the platform. The Twitter chief was prompted on the issue by Edward Snowden.

Facebook Messenger’s end-to-end encrypted feature is now available to everyone

Facebook Messenger has finally made end-to-end encryption available to all users. Law enforcement, criminals, and even Facebook will not be able to intercept these messages. Find out how to activate "secret conversations" for your Messenger…

One Google engineer is pushing for default end-to-end encryption in Allo

While Google's new messaging app, Allo, does not enable end-to-end encryption by default, at least one engineer at Google seems to wish otherwise. Allo was launched at Google I/O, and only offers end-to-end encryption in incognito mode.

Viber flicks on encryption, adds Hidden Chats feature

Viber's more than 711 million users can now enjoy encrypted messaging, safe from third-party snooping. A new Hidden Chats feature will also hide your conversations from the main screen of the app.
Digital Trends Live

Iceland PM resigns over Panama Papers revelations

Just one day after the publication of leaked records from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in “protecting” the assets of the rich and powerful, we have our first resignation.

WhatsApp activates end-to-end encryption for one billion users

Calling, messaging, sending documents, group chats -- everything you do now in WhatsApp is protected by end-to-end encryption. The company, owned by Facebook, claims that even it cannot access your data.