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Google Confirms Cops Can Wiretap Your Hangouts

May 14, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Motherboard

In the wake of all the Edward Snowden revelations, a seemingly endless series of encryption apps, all promising some degree "NSA-proof" security, have come out trying to take advantage of this new anti-surveillance business opportunity.

But despite some apps' relative success, the reality is that most people probably just use mainstream messaging apps like iMessage or Google Hangouts.

Apple has long maintained that conversations over iMessage and Facetime use end-to-end encryption, meaning "no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them," as the company said after the PRISM revelations. That claim has turned out to be partly true: normally, Apple can't read your iMessages, but they can if they really want to.

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