In an opinion piece for the Guardian, U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden says without encryption, "our public infrastructure and private lives will be rendered permanently unsafe." The primary method of keeping digital communications safe, Snowden says, is at risk with governments of the U.S., U.K. and Australia attempting to undermine the process. Security leaders have co-signed an open letter demanding Facebook abandon its proposals that incorporate end-to-end encryption in its Facebook Messenger and Instagram messaging app. If successful, "the communications of billions will remain frozen in a state of permanent insecurity: users will be vulnerable by design," Snowden writes.
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