Almost one year ago to the day, I posted about encrypted communications for the average consumer. In it, I said this:
I submit, dear reader, that at some point someone is going to make a plugin for something like Skype, or perhaps even a completely new VoIP application that does good encryption, with keys created and passed around by The People, similar to gpg keys.
Phil Zimmerman is the man who made PGP, and in 1996 he made something like this, but the VoIP technology wasn’t ready for it. Now it is, and he’s made a completely new product called Zfone that handles SIP and TP, the most common VoIP protocols today.
At this point it’s not built into any product, but when installed alongside, it can be used with stuff like Skype. Given its liberal license, I’m hoping it’ll be built into a variety of packages.
If places like Vonage count as Telephone Providers, they’ll be required by law to allow the Feds to tap lines. Which means letting them handle your encryption is a lot like not having any. I wonder if they’d be liable if it were possible for me to run something on my end to encrypt it? That’s an interesting legal foible.