In one of the largest investments in consumer-privacy technology, according to The Wall Street Journal, encrypted messaging app Wickr has now received $30 million from venture capitalists. The service uses proprietary encryption for messaging, and, in a post-Snowden world, the service is enticing for many. However, some say it’s difficult to create encryption that is foolproof and easy to use. In the coming months, Wickr also plans to expand its services into paid offerings—including video communication. One of the main investors said, “There is room for what Wickr is doing to greatly enhance the effectiveness and the utility of messaging.” Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that a criminal suspect can be ordered to decrypt his seized computer. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor’s Note: Privacy Perspectives recently explored how to make privacy-enhancing technologies easy to use.
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