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

Brian Conley brianc at smallworldnews.tv
Mon Jun 1 16:11:21 PDT 2015


" Further, I'll note that you don't have to trust Facebook can't be
coerced for encrypted notifications to be useful. You just have to trust
that -your enemies- can't coerce them. For many of Facebook's 1.44
billion users, this is probably true."

+1
On Jun 1, 2015 3:48 PM, "Matt Mackall" <mpm at selenic.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 2015-06-01 at 18:26 -0400, Thomas Delrue wrote:
> > On 06/01/2015 06:19 PM, zaki at manian.org wrote:
> > > For their notification system, FB is leveraging GPG as an identity
> > > provider to say" only a person who has a certain private key
> > > should be able to reset access credentials for this account".
> >
> > I had not thought of this and I think that this is a good point.
> > I do however question whether this is the purpose of this feature, I
> > think it is more of a side-effect.
>
> Nope, it's two distinct features:
>
> - enter your public key so it's displayed and downloadable from your
> public profile
> - check a separate box to enable encrypted notifications
>
> Further, I'll note that you don't have to trust Facebook can't be
> coerced for encrypted notifications to be useful. You just have to trust
> that -your enemies- can't coerce them. For many of Facebook's 1.44
> billion users, this is probably true.
>
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