22 Apr '16, 4pm

In Privacy Versus Security, End-to-End Encryption Is Definitely Winning

In Privacy Versus Security, End-to-End Encryption Is Definitely Winning

While the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly feuds with Apple over access to the iPhones of criminals, a quiet but monumental shift in mobile security could upend the agency’s plans to keep private lines of communication pried open. Mobile messaging companies are embracing end-to-end encryption, which puts conversations permanently out of reach of both law enforcement and the companies themselves. This month, Viber and WhatsApp announced end-to-end encryption as a default setting, protecting the communications of 1.7 billion combined users worldwide. End-to-end encryption is a security mechanism that fully encrypts a message from the moment it is composed through its final delivery. With this method, the key required to decrypt messages is only shared between sender and receiver. It is not known or stored by the company that shuttles messages between two parties...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/security/in-pr...

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