Google Moves End-To-End Email Encryption Project To GitHub

from the good-to-see dept

Back in June we wrote about Google’s “End-to-End” project to enable full (real) end-to-end encryption in email via a Chrome extension. For years now, we’ve been among those arguing that Google should actually offer end-to-end encryption by default (which would make the company unable to read your emails). This isn’t going that far, but making it much easier for individuals to truly encrypt their own emails (without any backdoors for the email provider) is definitely a big step forward. So it’s good to see that the company has now moved the project to GitHub, and that Yahoo’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, has been contributing to the project as well. Having two of the biggest webmail providers working together on an open source system for better encrypting emails end-to-end is a huge win for privacy and security. The project is still in its early days, and Google warns that it’s not yet ready to release the extension in the Chrome Web Store, but it’s great that things are moving forward. Of course, for those of you who can’t wait, there already some extensions like Mailvelope that are pretty easy to use (though, some worry are not quite as secure as other options).

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Baruch Moskovits (profile) says:

For years now, we’ve been among those arguing that Google should actually offer end-to-end encryption by default (which would make the company unable to read your emails).

True end-to-end encryption would prevent some value added feature from working…like the ability for Google to scan for viruses or offer any sort of spam filtering.

Cereal Kipper says:

Re: Re: Re: Response to: Baruch Moskovits on Dec 17th, 2014 @ 7:06pm

Baruch Moskovits on Dec 17th, 2014 @ 7:06pm

‘My bad. I hit submit three times. Techdirt doesn’t provide a way to delete your own comments.’

Three strikes, you are now under close surveillance, SWAT on their way, you tried to flood Techdirt’s servers, I bet you are North Korean?

Lawrence D’Oliveiro says:

Re: github instead of google code?

Either way, people can clone the project easily enough.

Whereas I think it’s easier to get an account on GitHub, which means people can publish their own changes more easily, send patches and pull requests upstream, etc.

In other words, it becomes a true two-way community project on GitHub.

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