Comcast's move to encrypt its subscribers' email came hours after Google publicly criticized it and other ISPs for not already doing so. Google subsequently said it was developing an extension that would automatically encrypt all Chrome users' webmail.
People who use encryption to protect the contents of their digital communications are subject to closer scrutiny from the NSA than people who don't, according to documents published by the Guardian on June 20, 2013. The documents date back to July 2009 and were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Use of Tor and e-mail crypto could increase chances that NSA keeps your data
The development of popular encryption software TrueCrypt abruptly ended on May 28, with the developers urging users to seek alternatives. Edward Snowden has in the past advised people to use TrueCrypt in order to encrypt the contents of their computers.
“TrueCrypt is not secure,” official SourceForge page abruptly warns
More than five years in development, Tails, a Linux-based operating system that was famously used by several reporters to communicate with Edward Snowden, reached version 1.0 on April 29. The OS is free to download and use, but currently has only limited support for Apple computers.
Ultimately, we're sensitive to the balances that must be struck when it comes to technology, security and the law… We believe these new steps strike the right balance, advancing for all of us both the security we need and the privacy we deserve.
– Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel
Microsoft in December 2013 said it would allow some of its customers to inspect its software's source code to allay concerns of built-in NSA "backdoors." The company called NSA surveillance an "advanced persistent threat."
Protecting customer data from government snooping - The Official Microsoft Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
An upcoming version of WhatsApp for Android will feature end-to-end encryption, it was announced Nov. 18. The feature means that nobody, not even WhatsApp itself on behalf of law enforcement officials, can decrypt a WhatsApp conversation. No iOS details were announced.
Open WhisperSystems >> Blog >> Open Whisper Systems partners with WhatsApp to provide end-to-end encryption
We are opposed to any policy actions or measures that would undermine encryption as an available and effective tool… Encryption is an essential asset of the global digital infrastructure, enabling security and confidentiality for transactions as well as assurances to individuals that their communications are private and information is protected.
– Tech lobbying groups' letter
Two lobbying groups representing tech giants including Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft published a letter June 9 urging President Barack Obama to protect encryption.
Tech Companies Encryption Letter to President Obama