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Facebook Begins Trialling End-To-End Encrypted Messaging

Facebook’s Messenger instant messaging platform is now widely used by people, and even businesses, as a communication tool. Many users are uninhibited when they chat on Messenger and talk about sensitive topics with family and friends. Facebook wants to ensure these conversations remain absolutely private. The social media organisation has started testing out a new Secret Conversation function that uses technology developed by Open Whisper Systems, the company that created the renowned secure messaging app Signal. Here’s what you need to know.


Facebook Blew It On Messenger Encryption

Facebook says it’s going to implement end-to-end encryption into its extremely popular Messenger app. Unfortunately, the company is going about it all wrong. The encryption will be require that users opt-in to use the security measure, which bows to the the FBI’s wishes, and flies in the face of what experts consider best practices.


Where Do The Major Australian Political Parties Stand On Privacy And Encryption This Election?

Lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has called on all political parties to support encryption and privacy technologies, as it was revealed where a selection of the major parties stand on surveillance, encryption, copyright issues and censorship.


Why You Should Stop Using Telegram Right Now 

Telegram, the supposedly secure messaging app, has over 100 million users. You might even be one of them. If you are, you should probably stop using it right now. Here’s the unfortunate truth about Telegram: It’s not as secure as the company’s marketing campaigns might lead you to believe.


How Well Are Australians Protecting Their Personal Data?

Inforgraphic: In June this year Microsoft commissioned some research into which devices Australians see as being the most susceptible to data theft, and what precautions we are putting in place to stop the theft happening in the first place.

It turns out we have not a whole lot of knowledge on how our data can actually be accessed by others, which could be a reason why 18 per cent have had personal data comprised in some form.


A Judge Shut Down WhatsApp For 100 Million People

A judge has shut down WhatApp for three days in Brazil, in an attempt to gain access to data from the messaging service.


Report: The FBI Will Be Able To Use The San Bernardino Hack Again

Ever since the FBI opted for plan B and resorted to using the services of some third party to gain access to the San Bernardino iPhone, speculation has been rife about whether the hack could be used again. A new report suggests it can — but only on the same model of phone.


The US Lawmakers Who Control Your Digital Future Are Clueless About Technology

It is becoming increasingly clear that Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, co-chairs of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, don’t have the slightest clue about how encryption works. Good thing they’re currently pushing disastrous legislation that would force tech companies to decrypt things for law enforcement!


Blackberry Thinks Tech Companies Should Comply With 'Reasonable Requests' From Cops

While Apple has been waging a very public battle, it turns out that Canadian police have been decrypting the messages of millions of Blackberry users. Rather than apologising for the breach, Blackberry CEO John Chen defended his company’s approach.


Canada's Mounties Hold The Keys To Blackberry's Encryption

Blackberry — the financially floundering smartphone maker that prides itself on end-to-end encryption — may have finally met its match in the form of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Motherboard reports that the RCMP, as part of a criminal investigation, was able to intercept and decrypt more than a million Blackberry messages over the course of two years.


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