Encrypted email service Riseup sparks worry after warrant canary appears to expire

Warrant canaries are useful but flawed when not implemented properly.

Questions remain about the status of encrypted email and messaging service Riseup.net after several users this week noticed that the service’s warrant canary had apparently expired.

Discussions on both Hacker News and Reddit have led some to believe that the service, which is popular with activists and journalists, has been served with a secret surveillance order, because its warrant canary — issued quarterly — had not been updated before the three-month deadline.

How tech companies use warrant canaries to secretly communicate with you

Tech companies aren’t allowed to tell you when the government wants your data. Enter the warrant canary.

These warrant canaries are displayed publicly, usually on a webpage. When removed, they can silently indicate the company or service has received a secret surveillance order and has been prevented from telling anyone

Questions remain about the status of encrypted email and messaging service Riseup.net after several users this week noticed that the service’s warrant canary had apparently expired.

Discussions on both Hacker News and Reddit have led some to believe that the service, which is popular with activists and journalists, has been served with a secret surveillance order, because its warrant canary — issued quarterly — had not been updated before the three-month deadline.

How tech companies use warrant canaries to secretly communicate with you

Tech companies aren’t allowed to tell you when the government wants your data. Enter the warrant canary.

These warrant canaries are displayed publicly, usually on a webpage. When removed, they can silently indicate the company or service has received a secret surveillance order and has been prevented from telling anyone

Source: Encrypted email service Riseup sparks worry after warrant canary appears to expire

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