Google said Thursday it will roll out end-to-end encryption for Android users, making it more difficult for anyone – including law enforcement – to read the content of messages.
“End-to-end encryption ensures that no one, including Google and third parties, will be able to read the content of your messages while they are on the move between your phone and the phone of the person you are messaging with,” Google product leader Drew Rooney said in the launch ad.
Google Transfer is part of an upgrade from SMS to the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard with additional features for photos and videos.
The move adds privacy and security to the Google Messaging app, but comes amid growing complaints from law enforcement agencies around the world that strong encryption may enable criminals to hide their tracks..
Digital rights activists have long supported strong encryption to allow users to avoid intrusion by governments and cybercriminals. But some governments have warned that technology could hamper criminal investigations.
End-to-end encryption is already available on some services like WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, but the company is facing resistance over its plan to bring full encryption to its Messenger app..
Last year, US Attorney General William Barr joined his British and Australian counterparts in urging Facebook to drop its encryption, claiming the court was damaging the plan to investigate child exploitation..
Civil liberties groups responded that a lack of encryption or privileged access to law enforcement could harm the privacy and security of all Internet users, creating loopholes that could be exploited by bad actors..
After losing his seat in the House of Representatives, Staten Island Congressman Max Rose begins laying the groundwork for a potential mayoral campaign in New York City.
Larry Hogan, Republican Gov. of Maryland, simple message: There’s another way. He argues in front of the Ronald Reagan Institute that this is a nation of « civilization and pragmatism, » noting that « most of us are tired and tired of all the drama. ».
The first round of senior staff appointments reflects a mix of long-time loyalists and Democrats, as well as the absence of prominent progressives from the party’s far-left faction.
A prominent human rights group condemned Iraq on Tuesday for the mass execution of 21 people, some of whom were suspected of links to the Islamic State group, who were convicted on terrorism charges. . A semi-official regional news site announced that prisoners were hanged Monday in Nasiriyah Central Prison in southern Iraq. There has been no official confirmation of the executions by the Iraqi government, nor has the judiciary issued any statement.
Is the country’s most influential news network preparing to be added to President Trump’s long list of enemies?
« I started to feel a little jogging yesterday, so I took the COVID-19 test, » Newhouse, 65, a Republican from Washington state, wrote Wednesday on Twitter.. . Newhouse wrote: « Last night, the results were positive for the virus. ».
President-elect Joe Biden’s victory is close to a record 80 million votes as Democrats’ strongholds continue to count the votes and turnout records for the 2020 elections.
The 87-year-old chairs the Senate Finance Committee and is the interim chair of the Senate, making him third in the ranking of the presidency.
Authorities said on Wednesday that Taiwan grounded all its F-16 fighter jets for a safety check as rescuers continue to search for a plane lost during training.. . The decision removed some 150 aircraft from Taiwan’s skies, leaving the Democratic Island dependent on a more limited fleet to warn Chinese aircraft that have been flying overhead at an unprecedented rate in recent months.. . The Air Force said a single-seat F-16 flown by a 44-year-old pilot vanished from the radar at an altitude of about 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) two minutes after taking off from Hualien Air Force Base in eastern Taiwan on Tuesday evening.. . The disappearance comes less than three weeks after a pilot was killed when his F-5E fighter jet crashed at sea during training, triggering a similar stop.. . “The rescue mission is our top priority right now. President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters that the Air Force has stopped all F-16s for examination and has instructed to investigate the cause of the accident.. . Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion from China, which considers the island its own territory and has vowed to take it one day, by force if necessary.. .
The Iraqi Border Authority said on Wednesday that Iraq and Saudi Arabia reopened the main border crossing for trade between the two countries after three decades of closing it.. . The Arar crossing was closed in the 1990s after Iraq invaded Kuwait, and after that, Riyadh cut all ties with Iraq. The crossing remained closed, reflecting the uneasiness of relations between Baghdad and Riyadh with successive governments.
Darren Beatty, a former speech writer expelled from the White House in 2018 for attending a conference also attended by white supremacists, appointed to a committee charged with preserving Holocaust-related sites across Europe.
Yo. s. Its spokesperson said on Tuesday that Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler agreed to debate Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock in December, in a showdown in a run-off race that will decide control of the Senate.. . Warnock challenged Loeffler to meet him in three televised debates before January. 5 run-off elections. Both Georgia Senate seats play a role in the January runoff, which was launched by state law after no candidate reached 50% in the first round of voting in November.. 3.
Four suspected militants were killed and two Indian police officers were wounded Thursday in a gun battle in India-controlled Kashmir, police said.. . Inspector General of Police, Mukesh Singh, told reporters that the shooting broke out on the outskirts of Jammu and lasted for three hours. . Police said suspected insurgents in a truck shot at a checkpoint on the main highway connecting Jammu and Srinagar..
Dr.. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, did not speak to Biden as Yu. s. Fights a massive spike in the coronavirus pandemic.
Every child in France will be given an ID number to make sure he goes to school and is not in « Islamist clutches » under the proposed French law on preventing extremism following a series of attacks. In September, President Emmanuel Macron had already drawn up plans to address what he called « Islamic separatism » in French slums, citing claims by children from ultra-conservative Muslim families being dropped out of school, and that sports and cultural associations were being used to indoctrinate youth.. . Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told Le Figaro newspaper on Wednesday, « We must save our children from the clutches of the Islamists. ». . The legislation prohibits homeschooling from the age of three in very limited cases. The bill, finalized after an Islamic teacher Samuel Patty was beheaded outside Paris last month, would make intimidating public officials on religious grounds a crime. . Another provision eliminates online hate speech by enabling judges to conduct swift trials of terror suspects..
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The Iraqi Border Ports Commission said, on Wednesday, that Iraq and Saudi Arabia opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades. . Arar has been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Iraqi and Saudi officials, including the Saudi ambassador to Iraq, toured the site on Wednesday.
A Milwaukee suburb police officer who killed three people in the line of duty since 2015, including a teenager outside a mall in February, is expected to receive roughly $ 130,000 in exchange for his resignation from the force. The Wawatosa Joint Board approved the separation agreement with Joseph Minsah Tuesday evening, starting in November. 30. The Milwaukee County Attorney’s Office ruled that the three shootings carried out by Mensah were justified in self-defense.
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