How Encryption Tools Help Whistleblowers and Leaks (Podcast)

A recent NPR article explores how encryption tools are changing not only the way individuals communicate with each other, but also how individuals leak information to news outlets.

Encryption tools like SecureDrop and Signal are now used by various media outlets to collect information and to protect government whistleblowers.

According to Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation,

“We’re living in a golden age of leaks but we’re also living in a golden age of surveillance. “It is very easy for the government, for example, to subpoena a Google, or a Verizon, or an AT&T to get a journalist’s phone records, or email records, that tells them who they talked to, when they talked to them, and for how long.”

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Note: The following statement has been changed in the article “while encryption tools like SecureDrop and Signal were initially created for the common user to protect their information, these tools are now used to protect government whistleblowers” to “Encryption tools like SecureDrop and Signal are now used by various media outlets to collect information and to protect government whistleblowers.”
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