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[liberationtech] "Securing Email Communications from Facebook" offering PGP support

Parker Higgins parker at eff.org
Mon Jun 1 15:09:09 PDT 2015


On 06/01/2015 12:35 PM, Thomas Delrue wrote:
> On 06/01/2015 01:46 PM, Steve Weis wrote:
>> Hi Libtech. Facebook added support to put a PGP public key to your
>> profile and optionally use it to encrypt email notifications that are
>> sent to you:
>> https://www.facebook.com/notes/protect-the-graph/securing-email-communications-from-facebook/1611941762379302
> Forgive my ignorance but what is the point of this 'feature'?
> Wouldn't FB (and thus anyone able to coerce FB as well) still have the
> unencrypted data?
>
> Wooden leg, meet band-aid.

Facebook is offering end-to-end encryption. If you don't trust the other
end of an end-to-end connection, this won't help that particular
problem. But there are plenty of well-attested benefits of end-to-end
encryption for all sorts of other threats.

Thanks,
Parker

-- 
Parker Higgins
Director of Copyright Activism
Electronic Frontier Foundation
https://eff.org

815 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-7701

I prefer to use encrypted email.

Public key: https://www.eff.org/files/2014/11/03/gphkey.txt
Fingerprint: 4FF3 AA1B D29E 1638 32DE C765 9433 5F88 9A36 7709

Learn how to encrypt your email with the Email Self Defense guide:
https://emailselfdefense.fsf.org/en/




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