Sign, the favored messaging service with end-to-end encryption, shops valuable little consumer information — “Unix timestamps for when every account was created and the date that every account final linked to the Sign service.”
So when the FBI subpoenaed Sign to show over “all kinds of data… together with the addresses of the customers, their correspondence, and the title related to every account,” Sign enlisted the help of the ACLU, which replied to the FBI with a well mannered model of the Willy Winka “you get nothing” meme.
As a result of every little thing in Sign is end-to-end encrypted by default, the broad set of private info that’s sometimes straightforward to retrieve in different apps merely does not exist on Sign’s servers. The subpoena requested all kinds of data that fell into this nonexistent class, together with the addresses of the customers, their correspondence, and the title related to every account.
Identical to final time, we could not present any of that. It is inconceivable to show over information that we by no means had entry to within the first place. Sign does not have entry to your messages; your chat checklist; your teams; your contacts; your stickers; your profile title or avatar; and even the GIFs you seek for. In consequence, our response to the subpoena will look acquainted. It is the identical set of “Account and Subscriber Info” that we supplied in 2016: Unix timestamps for when every account was created and the date that every account final linked to the Sign service.
That is it.
That is virtually as humorous as when the FBI opened an investigation into Cory Doctorow for linking to a Popular Mechanics article.