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Messaging app Signal threatens to dump US market if anti-encryption EARN IT bill passes

8 comments

  1. [3]
    Maddox
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    Both my state representatives essentially told me to go fuck myself after I contacted them (and offered me to join their newsletter too!) Hope it doesn't end up passing through, because Signal is...

    Both my state representatives essentially told me to go fuck myself after I contacted them (and offered me to join their newsletter too!)

    Hope it doesn't end up passing through, because Signal is my messaging/sms application. 🤞

    20 votes
    1. [2]
      reifyresonance
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      Same, but they didn't ask, they just signed me up.

      Same, but they didn't ask, they just signed me up.

      1. Crocodile
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        Exact same thing here! Only one of them responded, with that "go fuck yourself" attitude, and all signed me up for their newsletters I do not care about.

        Exact same thing here! Only one of them responded, with that "go fuck yourself" attitude, and all signed me up for their newsletters I do not care about.

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    Keegan
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    My interpretation is they would just relocate, not cancel the service to Americans. Would they be open to lawsuits from the US if they are no longer located there?

    My interpretation is they would just relocate, not cancel the service to Americans. Would they be open to lawsuits from the US if they are no longer located there?

    it would not be possible for a small nonprofit like Signal to continue to operate within the United States. Tech companies and organizations may be forced to relocate

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      tempestoftruth
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      There are a lot of countries would cooperate with the United States filing lawsuits, either because of allegiance or convenience. There are also a lot of countries that would not, but operating...

      There are a lot of countries would cooperate with the United States filing lawsuits, either because of allegiance or convenience. There are also a lot of countries that would not, but operating out of those countries could open Signal to interference from those governments, tarnishing the reputation of the service. The trouble is finding a country that's not in either group, and there aren't a ton of those, no?

      8 votes
      1. [2]
        sqew
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        Seems like some of Northern Europe and maybe Iceland are open to that type of thing? Not Five Eyes, not particularly interested in legally assisting the US, reasonable privacy laws?

        Seems like some of Northern Europe and maybe Iceland are open to that type of thing? Not Five Eyes, not particularly interested in legally assisting the US, reasonable privacy laws?

        7 votes
        1. Loire
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          Switzerland is pretty boiler plate for this kind of thing isn't it?

          Switzerland is pretty boiler plate for this kind of thing isn't it?

          7 votes
  3. Loire
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    Editorialized title taken from here. I felt the PC Mag title was better, but the Signal post a better explanation of the situation.

    Editorialized title taken from here. I felt the PC Mag title was better, but the Signal post a better explanation of the situation.

    6 votes