Amnesty Intl's digital privacy assessment on 11 companies' messaging apps ranks Facebook & Apple top & Tencent last

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“Amnesty International…conducted a privacy assessment of the most popular messaging apps in the world...Facebook and Apple scored the highest for having the best security. China-based Tencent came in last, with Blackberry and Snapchat also bringing up the rear…Amnesty's main concern with many of the services is that they do not have what's known as end-to-end encryption set as the default…”

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Author: 網商視野, 新浪

…國際特赦組織公佈了11家公司旗下16款知名通訊軟件的安全性排名,由Facebook以旗下的Messenger及Whatsapp拿下第一…這項排名主要是根據點對點加密及其他加密政策作出…

Facebook旗下…Whatsapp默認加密,甚至還會提醒使用點對點加密沒有打開,而Messenger雖然沒有默認開啟,但也有提供點對點加密選項…接著則是由有iMessage和Facetime的蘋果和Telegram並列第二。蘋果的iMessage同樣默認開啟點對點加密,也曾公開反對為加密信息設後門,並曾公佈政府對他們要求提供數據的文件…以加密安全性聞名的Telegram…總是強調保護用戶言論自由及隱私的立場。不過卻沒有默認開啟點對點加密…接下來分別是Google、LINE、Viber、韓國很紅的Kaokao、微軟、Snapchat、Blackberry …

最後,騰訊旗下雍有中國普及率最高的兩個app,微信和QQ…還得到了0分的成績。這兩款通訊軟件沒有符合任何這次的評分標的,而且沒有提供信息安全相關信息,如是否有為政府建立後門等。

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Author: 网商视野, 新浪

…国际特赦组织公布了11家公司旗下16款知名通讯软件的安全性排名,由Facebook以旗下的Messenger及Whatsapp拿下第一…这项排名主要是根据点对点加密及其他加密政策作出…

Facebook旗下…Whatsapp默认加密,甚至还会提醒使用点对点加密没有打开,而Messenger虽然没有默认开启,但也有提供点对点加密选项…接着则是由有iMessage和Facetime的苹果和Telegram并列第二。 苹果的iMessage同样默认开启点对点加密,也曾公开反对为加密信息设后门,并曾公布政府对他们要求提供数据的文件…以加密安全性闻名的Telegram…总是强调保护用户言论自由及隐私的立场。 不过却没有默认开启点对点加密…接下来分别是Google、LINE、Viber、韩国很红的Kaokao、微软、Snapchat、Blackberry …

最后,腾讯旗下雍有中国普及率最高的两个app,微信和QQ…还得到了0分的成绩。 这两款通讯软件没有符合任何这次的评分标的,而且没有提供信息安全相关信息,如是否有为政府建立后门等。

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Author: Jean-Christophe Catalon, La Tribune (France)

En ne fournissant pas un service de chiffrement adéquat des conversations, la majorité des applications de messagerie mettent en danger leurs utilisateurs selon l'ONG...

...Pour identifier les bons et les mauvais élèves, Amnesty International a publié le 21 octobre une étude intitulée «Conversation privée?». Après avoir passé au crible 11 entreprises de l'Internet, l'ONG en a conclu que certains «n'ont pas mis en place les mesures les plus élémentaires de protection de la vie privée sur leurs services de messagerie instantanée». Citant explicitement Snapchat et Microsoft - via son application Skype -, elle estime même qu'ils mettent «ainsi en danger les droits fondamentaux de leurs utilisateurs»...

...Parmi ses critères d'évaluation, Amnesty International prête une attention particulière au niveau de chiffrement des conversations [...] Après analyse, seules trois entreprises proposent un service satisfaisant...

[Fait aussi référence à Apple, Blackberry, Facebook, Google, Kakao Inc, Line, Telegram, Tencent, Viber Media]

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23 October 2016

Microsoft comments on Amnesty Int'l report on digital security of messaging apps

Author: Shanika Gunaratna, CBS News

"Snapchat, Skype put users' "human rights at risk," Amnesty Int'l reports", 24 Oct 2016

...Microsoft’s Skype also fared poorly, receiving 40 out of 100. Skype uses encryption, but not end-to-end encryption for its instant messaging, according to Amnesty.

Microsoft defended its security protocols with Skype in a statement to CBS News. 

“We agree with Amnesty International about the importance of encryption,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “At the same time, this report does not accurately reflect Skype’s comprehensive work to protect people’s privacy and security. Skype uses encryption and a range of other technical security measures, and we protect people’s privacy through legal challenges, advocacy, and strong policies to notify customers when we receive government requests for their data or detect attempted third party intrusions.”...

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Author: Amnesty International

Les entreprises du secteur des technologies telles que Snapchat et Microsoft, propriétaire de Skype, n'ont pas mis en place les mesures les plus élémentaires de protection de la vie privée sur leurs services de messagerie instantanée, mettant ainsi en danger les droits fondamentaux de leurs utilisateurs...

...« Si vous pensiez que les services de messagerie instantanée étaient protégés, vous risquez d'être surpris. En réalité, nos communications sont menacées en permanence par les cybercriminels et par l'espionnage des États [...] » a déclaré Sherif Elsayed-Ali, directeur de l'équipe Technologie et droits humains à Amnesty International...

...Amnesty International demande aux entreprises d'appliquer par défaut le chiffrement de bout en bout dans leurs applications de messagerie. Cela aidera à protéger les droits des simples citoyens, des militants pacifiques et des minorités opprimées à travers le monde, en leur permettant d'exercer leur liberté d'expression....

[Fait aussi référence à Apple, Blackberry, Facebook, Tencent]

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20 October 2016

Full report: For Your Eyes Only? Ranking 11 technology companies on encryption & human rights

Author: Amnesty International

Encryption helps protect people’s human rights online. By rendering digital data unintelligible, encryption helps ensure that private information sent over the internet stays private. It also allows people to access and operate in safe online spaces where they can speak freely and express their ideas and opinions without fear...

Amnesty International initially sent letters to the 11 companies assessed in this report [Apple, Blackberry, Facebook, Google, Kakao Inc, Line, Microsoft, Snapchat, Telegram, Tencent, Viber Media], requesting information about each company’s current encryption standards, and details of policies and practices the company has in place to ensure it meets its human rights responsibilities in relation to its online messaging services. Seven companies responded to Amnesty’s first letter...Amnesty did not receive any response from Blackberry, Google, or Tencent...

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20 October 2016

Snapchat, Skype, BBM not protecting users' privacy, says Amnesty International

Author: CBC News

Major messaging services like Snapchat, Skype and BlackBerry's BBM are not taking basic steps to ensure privacy, according to Amnesty International…The organization conducted a privacy assessment of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Some of the other apps included in the report are Facebook's messaging service and WhatsApp, Apple's iMessage and Facetime, Google's Allo, Duo and Hangouts, Tencent's QQ and Wechat, and Telegram.

Facebook and Apple scored the highest for having the best security. China-based Tencent came in last, with Blackberry and Snapchat also bringing up the rear…Amnesty's main concern with many of the services is that they do not have what's known as end-to-end encryption set as the default…Amnesty says this should be considered a "minimum requirement" and not just a nice add-on for tech companies…

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