by Brandon Butler
European Commission to Staff: Use Signal 2/24/2020

Laurens Cerulus reporting for Politico:

The European Commission has told its staff to start using Signal, an end-to-end-encrypted messaging app, in a push to increase the security of its communications.

The instruction appeared on internal messaging boards in early February, notifying employees that “Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging.”

The app is favored by privacy activists because of its end-to-end encryption and open-source technology. […]

The use of Signal was mainly recommended for communications between staff and people outside the institution. The move to use the application shows that the Commission is working on improving its security policies.

Government use of Signal is questionable; while governments need secure communications, they also need to allow for transparency with the public. Currently, it sounds like Signal is mainly for use between EU staff and external contacts. As governments around the world call for encryption to be crippled with backdoors, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the long term.

Signal is highly recommended for everyone to use.