Google Open Source’s E2EMail

Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 04:02 PM gHale


Google donated the E2EMail, an experimental end-to-end encryption system, to the open source community.

E2EMail ended up developed by Google and built on a JavaScript crypto library developed internally. It presents a way to integrate OpenPGP into Gmail via a Chrome Extension. The cleartext of messages is kept exclusively on the client.

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“E2EMail in its current incarnation uses a bare-bones central keyserver for testing, but the recent Key Transparency announcement is crucial to its further evolution. Key discovery and distribution lie at the heart of the usability challenges that OpenPGP implementations have faced. Key Transparency delivers a solid, scalable, and thus practical solution, replacing the problematic web-of-trust model traditionally used with PGP,” Google researchers said in a blog post.

The E2EMail code is now found as a repository on GitHub.

End-to-end encryption is the go-to solution for privacy concerns. Even companies can help protect their communications from industrial spies by securing their communications as best as possible.

In the past few years, particularly after Edward Snowden came forth with information about the NSA’s snooping, more and more services have implemented end-to-end encyrption, including the likes of WhatsApp and Signal, two messaging apps that are well-known for the protection they provide users.

Email services, apps, social networks have all started closing off their data streams in order to help out users and protect them from surveillance and cyber threats. That being said, end-to-end encryption has yet to reach all corners of the Internet.



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