Signal: We’ll be eaten alive by EARN IT Act’s anti-encryption wolves

Recent weeks have been rough, with droves of people turning to virtual communication for sensitive conversations they’d like to keep private – medical visits, seeing friends’ faces and hearing their voices, or solace for those who’ve lost loved ones.

Understandably, the end-to-end (E2E) encrypted messaging app Signal has been signing up new users at “unprecedented” rates and flipping the switch on servers “faster than we ever anticipated,” Signal’s Joshua Lund said last week.

… and you can say goodbye to any of that staying stateside if the EARN IT Act passes.

Signal claims that legal and liability concerns would make it impossible to operate in the US. That doesn’t mean it would shut up shop entirely, but it could mean that the non-profit would need to move operations now based in the US.




Posted on April 17, 2020

by Jos

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