June 27, 2012, 10:49 AM —
PGP creator to release encryption service for iPhone and iPad calls, texts, and emails.
Phil Zimmermann created PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) in 1991 so individuals could encrypt emails and files. His new company, Silent Circle, is aimed at iPhone and iPad users and their calls, instant messages, and eventually texts, says Technology Review. Silent Circle is a hosted service that will charge $20 per user per month. Encryption works between Silent Circle users, and in some cases PGP clients.
PGP, now owned by Symantec, has gotten away from protecting the individual, says Zimmermann. He has chosen to place the encryption servers in Canada because of their strict privacy laws, and the company will never hold encryption keys. "We can't be coerced into giving up what we don't have," he says. "Surveillance is a growing problem all over the world."
Good for Phil
Given the sophistication of the NSA/CIA type of organizations, unless both parties MANUALLY exchange their public keys (i.e. sneaker-net), any current communication protocol is subject to the man-in-the-middle attack.
sampler1136 on cnet.com
No phan of Phil
Maybe the entire company is just a front for the NSA and anyone paying for this service is actually just signing up to have their data encrypted by the same organizations they believe to be hidden from. Hmmmm
TheIndiePlaylistsdotcom on cnet.com
I feel the 20 dollars per month is a bit high. I think a better target is either 5 dollars a month, or a dollar per use. Having people pay half of what they pay for their internet service seems a bit steep.
leeclay on technologyreview.com
Is your privacy worth $20 per month? If not, how much would you pay for secure texts, emails, and conversations?