Category Archives: encryption

European MEPs want to ban states from backdooring encryption

 The European parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has put forward a proposal that would amend the EU’s charter of fundamental rights to extend privacy rights to the digital realm and prevent governments of EU Member States from backdooring end-to-end encrypted services. Read More

Europe eyeing direct access to cloud services for police data requests

servers In the wake of a spate of terror attacks across Europe regional interior ministers have been talking tough on tech. Encryption is one technology that’s been under fire from certain quarters. There has also been renewed discussion about ways to speed up how law enforcement agencies request data from tech companies — so called e-evidence — even when the requesting force is sited… Read More

Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem is building an open source tool to help organizations prepare for data breaches

 This morning on the stage of TC Sessions: Justice, Matt Mitchell of CryptoHarlem discussed his views on the link between surveillance and minority oppression and the importance of taking a preventative approach to security and privacy. Mitchell, a specialist in digital safety and encryption, is dedicating time to creating Protect Your Org, a free, open source, tool for all organizations… Read More

Krypt.co scores a 1.2 M seed round to simplify developer encryption key security

Digital security key concept background with binary data code Krypt.co, a new security startup founded by two former MIT students and one of their professors, is launching today with a free product called Kryptonite, designed to help developers protect their private encryption keys, using an app on their smartphones. It’s a big day for the fledgling company as it also announced a $1.2 million seed round led by Rough Draft Ventures/General… Read More

We want to limit use of e2e encryption, confirms UK minister

 The UK government has once again amped up its attacks on tech platforms’ use of end-to-end encryption, and called for International co-operation to regulate the Internet so that it cannot be used as a “safe space” for extremists to communicate and spread propaganda online. Read More

Could the UK be about to break end-to-end encryption?

 Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media firms to hand over decrypted data. Read More

NuCypher is using proxy re-encryption to lift more enterprise big data into the cloud

 After spending time at a London fintech accelerator last year, enterprise database startup ZeroDB scrapped its first business plan and mapped out a new one. By January this year it had a new name: NuCypher. It now will try to persuade enterprises to switch to their specialized encryption layer to enhance their ability to perform big data analytics by tapping into the cloud. Read More