Google, Yahoo could make encryption mainstream

By Dow Jones newswires

Bruce Schneier, a longtime cybersecurity researcher and chief technology officer at Co3 Systems Inc. , said the moves are disrupting what had been a "public-private surveillance partnership. "What's going to happen when the FBI goes to Google or Yahoo and says, 'I want the email from this guy,' and Google or Yahoo says, 'We can't give it to you? '" Mr. Schneier said.

If Google and Yahoo are successful, they will be able to argue that they don't have the keys for their encryption service. "It's not clear the Lavabit example actually scales up," Mr. Stamos said. "That's very different from a publicly traded multibillion-dollar company with an army of lawyers who would love to take this argument all the way to the Supreme Court.

Could encrypted messaging-long the province of privacy hawks and conspiracy theorists-go mainstream? Yahoo Inc. said overnight that it will join an effort by rival Google Inc. to create a secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to read users' messages.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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