Germany Encourages End-to-End Email Encryption

The U.S. and U.K. governments are trying to eliminate encryption by private citizens. (See my earlier articles at https://privacyblog.com/2015/01/30/department-of-justice-fears-automatic-encryption-makes-data-too-safe/ and at https://privacyblog.com/2015/02/27/nsa-director-wants-complete-government-access-to-all-encrypted-data/ and at https://privacyblog.com/2015/01/20/white-house-sides-with-uk-wants-a-backdoor-to-encrypted-data/ and at https://privacyblog.com/2015/02/07/u-s-and-uks-mass-surveillance-sharing-program-was-illegal/.

The German government, however, has the opposite view. The biggest webmail providers in Germany will soon encourage their customers to use full-blown end-to-end email encryption. The providers, including Deutsche Telekom and United Internet, will next month roll out a browser plugin that’s supposed to make traditionally laborious PGP technology easier to use.

The De-Mail initiative dates back to 2011, when the German government decided to push for trusted email both as an e-government tool and as a way to cut down on official and corporate paper mail.

You can read more at http://goo.gl/gt5pzu.

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