Yahoo will encrypt all user communications by April 2014

We all know how the U.S. government managed to get everyone in the world angry over the NSA’s spying programs, and that includes its own citizens and corporations. Some companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Google have felt strong pressure to distance themselves from this spying program and each is trying to regain public trust.

In a bid to show that user info is truly private, both Google and Yahoo have been racing to encrypt their services. Meanwhile a consortium of companies - including Microsoft and Apple - have been calling for more transparency from the NSA and the U.S. government.

Yahoo is now saying it’s going to encrypt not only its e-mail service, but all data sent to and from Yahoo data servers. Users will have the option to turn on full encryption on their Yahoo accounts by April 2014 when the roll-out will be complete.

Of course this is beneficial for users, but some question whether it’s actually enough. While Yahoo and other companies’ encryption efforts offer an important extra layer of protection against regular hackers, it’s not hard to imagine that an organization such as the NSA with virtually unlimited money and power has the resources necessary to bypass any such protection.

And while Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer, has repeatedly stated that her company has never collaborated with any government agency and given them access to its datacenters, earlier reports claimed that many big-named companies had created special backdoors in their security systems so the NSA could easily access whatever data it needed.

As we mentioned above, this is a good and beneficial move on Yahoo’s part, but many of us are left wondering if it will actually make a difference.

Source: BBC Top Secret image via Shutterstock

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Now that the cat is out of the bag, more effort will be placed on the ILLUSION of both privacy and freedom. Jesus, even my Grandmother, the ultimate good government citizen has a problem with all the things that have happened in the last ten years. Don't buy into the false security, just assume everything you do is collected for possible later use...which of course, it is.

the NSA, CIA and most USA org's have back door keys.

They give companys majour benifits and tax releifs for giving them back door key access.

tomcoleman said,
the NSA, CIA and most USA org's have back door keys.

They give companys majour benifits and tax releifs for giving them back door key access.

Yeah... This is completely pointless... The NSA can back door into all encryption tech on the market today.... Cryptographic companies have been forced to allow the feds to circumvent all proprietary encryption technology.... This is just a show of solidarity on yahoo's part... I'm sure even the top execs at Yahoo know that this will do nothing to stop the NSA from spying on Americans.

tomcoleman said,
the NSA, CIA and most USA org's have back door keys.

They give companys majour benifits and tax releifs for giving them back door key access.

Well, there's definitely been a shift. Encryption companies are now working on things that the government won't have access to... Hopefully this will work as promised.

And one of two things will happen:

1) The government will use whatever "anti-terror" laws or the Patriot Act or otherwise to coerce these companies into revealing their encryption methods or face jail time, unlimited fines, or whatever else they can think of.

2) The law will be changed to prevent export or use of encryption technologies that are above a certain key length or of a type the government agencies cant crack in a reasonable amount of time to gain access to the encrypted information. Penalties for continuing will be as mentioned in idea 1.

Ulpian said,
C2C or C2S encryption? If Client to Server, then it is useless.
Yea, if they are encrypting just transmission it's not amazing. But it is a start. Honestly there's really no way to do encryption that only the client can read when you're running an e-mail service for them. You'd have to, at least, have their encryption key stored locally to encrypt in a way that they can decrypt it. Then you have that whole "I lost my password" problem

Yup Because NSA is so scared of encrypted files and this is going to stop them from spying on us. Boohooo..

You can't do anything when a government decides to spy on its own citizens... reminds me of these "terrible, vile" Dictators or Communists everyone talks about and how in a Democracy citizens have all the power.

The day that the common man can freely contest in an election is the day this country will change. Until then big government, for big businesses.