[technology taskforce] Fwd: [IP] EFF: Which Messaging Technologies Are Truly Safe and Secure?

Beran Gillen - Yahoo berangillen at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 6 22:14:29 UTC 2014

Thanks for sharing Olivier this is truly an eye opener. 


"There is nothing more difficult to arrange and more dangerous to carry through than initiating change..." Machiavelli 

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> On 4 Nov 2014, at 21:07, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com> wrote:
> Not quite so important for the TTF but interesting.
> Kind regards,
> Olivier
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> Subject:	[IP] EFF: Which Messaging Technologies Are Truly Safe and Secure?
> Date:	Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:50:30 -0500
> From:	David Farber via ip <ip at listbox.com>
> Reply-To:	dave at farber.net, David Farber <farber at gmail.com>
> To:	ip <ip at listbox.com>
> Begin forwarded message:
> Date: November 4, 2014 at 10:00:45 AM EST
> From: EFF Press <press at eff.org>
> To: presslist at eff.org
> Subject: [E-B] EFF: Which Messaging Technologies Are Truly Safe and Secure?
> Reply-To: press at eff.org
> Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release
> For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 04, 2014
> Contact:
> Peter Eckersley
>  Technology Projects Director
>  Electronic Frontier Foundation
>  pde at eff.org
>  +1 415 436-9333 x131
> Rebecca Jeschke
>  Media Relations Director
>  Electronic Frontier Foundation
>  press at eff.org
>  +1 415 436-9333 x177
> Which Messaging Technologies Are Truly Safe and Secure?
> EFF's 'Secure Messaging Scorecard' Rates Digital
> Communication Tools
> San Francisco - In the face of widespread Internet data
> collection and surveillance, we need a secure and practical
> means of talking to each other from our phones and
> computers.  Many companies offer "secure messaging"
> products - but how can users know if these systems actually
> secure?  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released
> its Secure Messaging Scorecard today, evaluating dozens of
> messaging technologies on a range of security best
> practices.
> "The revelations from Edward Snowden confirm that
> governments are spying on our digital lives, devouring all
> communications that aren't protected by encryption," said
> EFF Technology Projects Director Peter Eckersley.  "Many
> new tools claim to protect you, but don't include critical
> features like end-to-end encryption or secure deletion.
> This scorecard gives you the facts you need to choose the
> right technology to send your message."
> The scorecard includes more than three dozen tools,
> including chat clients, text messaging apps, email
> applications, and technologies for voice and video calls.
> EFF examined them on seven factors, like whether the
> message is encrypted both in-transit and at the provider
> level, and if the code is audited and open to independent
> review.  Six of these tools scored all seven stars,
> including ChatSecure, CryptoCat, Signal/Redphone, Silent
> Phone, Silent Text, and TextSecure.  Apple's iMessage and
> FaceTime products stood out as the best of the mass-market
> options, although neither currently provides complete
> protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of
> surveillance.  Many options--including Google, Facebook,
> and Apple's email products, Yahoo's web and mobile chat,
> Secret, and WhatsApp--lack the end-to-end encryption that
> is necessary to protect against disclosure by the service
> provider.  Several major messaging platforms, like QQ,
> Mxit, and the desktop version of Yahoo Messenger, have no
> encryption at all.
> "We're focused on improving the tools that everyday users
> need to communicate with friends, family members, and
> colleagues," said EFF Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo.  "We
> hope the Secure Messaging Scorecard will start a
> race-to-the-top, spurring innovation in stronger and more
> usable cryptography."
> The Secure Messaging Scorecard is part of EFF's new
> Campaign for Secure and Usable Cryptography, and was
> produced in collaboration with Julia Angwin at ProPublica
> and Joseph Bonneau at the Princeton Center for Information
> Technology Policy.
> For the full Secure Messaging Scorecard:
> https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard
> For this release:
> https://www.eff.org/press/releases/which-messaging-technologies-are-truly-safe-and-secure
> About EFF
> The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading
> organization protecting civil liberties in the digital
> world. Founded in 1990, we defend free speech online, fight
> illegal surveillance, promote the rights of digital
> innovators, and work to ensure that the rights and freedoms
> we enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as our use of
> technology grows. EFF is a member-supported organization.
> Find out more at https://www.eff.org.
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