Privacy advocates and tech giants support encryption, which the FBI director finds “depressing”

There’s a privacy battle brewing between the FBI and other federal government groups on one side, and tech companies, cryptologists, privacy advocates (and some elected American lawmakers) on the other. Basically, the FBI (circa-2015 edition) opposes the use of encryption to keep data secure from hackers, on the grounds that the government couldn’t get at […]

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Google Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption

If you’re using Google Hangouts as your main messaging service, you might want to know that Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption (E2EE), a must-have feature for messaging services in the post-Snowden world. This was recently confirmed during a Reddit Ask Us Anything (AUA) session by Google’s Richard Salgado, Director for Law Enforcement and Information Security, […]

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Google admits Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption, opening the door for government wiretaps

If you’re really worried the government may be keeping tabs on your conversations, then you’d best avoid Hangouts. According to Motherboard, a Google representative confirmed that Hangouts conversations are only encrypted “in transit,” meaning after the message arrives at the intended recipient Google could access it if forced to do so by a government wiretap. The question […]

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