Russia: Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online
Access Now joins a coalition of rights organizations in calling on Russia to stop blocking the encrypted messaging application Telegram, and to cease its broader attack on free expression online and the free press.
One step forward, one step back: U.S. Senate introduces crypto backdoor bill while House removes fix
Today, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced a bill to prohibit the government from mandating backdoors in hardware and software technologies. The legislation prohibits any federal agency from intentionally weakening consumer encryption standards. As we’ve previously said, strong encryption standards and device security are critical to the privacy of individual users. Access commends Senator Wyden and urges the Senate to quickly pass the Secure Data Act.
Google to enable end-to-end encryption for user emails
Google has just announced two big steps forward for enhancing user security: it will provide key statistics on internet-wide email security in its next transparency report, and the company is working to enable end-to-end encryption standards (using PGP) on Gmail to protect users from unauthorized access.