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posted by martyb on Wednesday June 04 2014, @04:54PM   Printer-friendly
from the but-we-know-who-your-friends-are dept.

Today Google announced the alpha release of a Chrome plugin that works with their Gmail service to enable end-to-end encryption for email sent through their system. This will reduce Google's ability to data-mine the content of messages, but it won't stop anyone from tracking senders and recipients. Their plugin is based on OpenPGP and they are publishing the source code.

With a focus on ease-of-use lets hope that this plugin is enough to start a broader movement towards end-to-end encryption for all email, regardless of provider.

Editor's Note: This is an early release of the code and should not be relied upon just yet. Google invites the community to test and evaluate the extension; it is even eligible for their Vulnerability Reward Program.

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05 2014, @10:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05 2014, @10:01AM (#51564)

    Don't use the subject line.

    A bad idea. Unless I know exactly the source of the email, I won't ever open an email with no subject line.

    But then again, that is because I rely on gmail showing the first line of my text

    So you refuse to communicate with people not using gmail?