Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption

Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era. In … Continue reading “Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption”

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  • May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever

VPNs are an indispensable part of online life, and they protect many aspects of privacy. But there’s a class of threats that VPNs can’t defend against: crypto backdoors, which allow even the strongest encryption to be bypassed. That’s why it’s important for everyone who cares about their privacy and security to be aware of any … Continue reading “Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever”

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  • Apr 27, 2018
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Open Source, Privacy,

Why You Should Use End-to-End Encrypted Email to Increase your Privacy

Email is one of the most ubiquitous forms of online communication around. According to Statista, there are over 3.7 billion email users in the world currently. Unfortunately, it’s likely that the vast majority of email users do not understand email encryption. Not even five years ago, the majority of internet users did not send or … Continue reading “Why You Should Use End-to-End Encrypted Email to Increase your Privacy”

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  • Oct 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors

Governments all around the world hate encryption. Unless they are being incredibly cunning by pretending they can’t break strong encryption when they can, this seems to be because crypto really does keep messages and data safe from prying governmental eyes. Banning strong encryption is clearly a non-starter – even the most clueless politician knows by … Continue reading “Good news on the privacy front: no more EU demands for crypto backdoors”

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  • Oct 16, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Telegram is preparing to fight the Russian authorities over crypto keys

The encrypted messaging app Telegram continues to have a tough time in Russia. Having previously been threatened with blockage for not providing operational information, Telegram has now been hit with a significant fine – and ordered to hand over the encryption keys that led to the fine in the first place. Early on Monday, a … Continue reading “Telegram is preparing to fight the Russian authorities over crypto keys”

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The UK home secretary still doesn’t know how encryption works, and she’s not ashamed

Railing against the use of encryption by criminals has always been an exercise in futility, but it’s a great way to sound tough. What better way to assert your power as a law-enforcer than by demanding the impossible? The problem is, there’s a line between swagger and overt foolishness, and for some reason politicians are … Continue reading “The UK home secretary still doesn’t know how encryption works, and she’s not ashamed”

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  • Sep 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The race to save online privacy: what happens when quantum computers can break all our crypto?

Although many people are well aware of the many threats to their privacy, there is an underlying assumption that the use of strong encryption will always be available to mitigate those problems. Governments will doubtless continue to push for backdoors in encrypted Internet services like WhatsApp. But even if they do get their way by … Continue reading “The race to save online privacy: what happens when quantum computers can break all our crypto?”

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  • Jul 15, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia

Australia’s Prime Minister Michael Turnbull doesn’t believe in the laws of mathematics – a troubling sign for a world leader to say the least. Australia’s leader spoke the infamous words at a press conference yesterday in Sydney, Australia. When asked by a journalist if the laws of mathematics would trump the laws of Australia (as … Continue reading “Australian Prime Minister Turnbull: The laws of mathematics don’t apply in Australia”

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  • Jun 19, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Leading European politicians call for “state-of-the-art” end-to-end encryption – and no backdoors

Encryption is under attack around the world, and not just by hackers trying to break into systems. Governments continue to call for access to encrypted communications, despite universal warnings from experts that every way of doing so would significantly weaken security and privacy for billions of users. As well as moves by individual countries like … Continue reading “Leading European politicians call for “state-of-the-art” end-to-end encryption – and no backdoors”

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  • May 30, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

UK government confirms plans to destroy the British software industry

Last week, the UK government confirmed plans to force Internet companies to undermine security by weakening or backdooring encryption. As Privacy News Online reported back in March, the UK’s Home Secretary (Interior Minister) Amber Rudd refused to rule out this move when she called for the “necessary hashtags” to be used. But what was just … Continue reading “UK government confirms plans to destroy the British software industry”

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