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Published: Saturday, 11/23/2013

BUSINESS BRIEF

Twitter upgrades its security technology

BLADE NEWS SERVICES

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter Inc. said it has implemented a security technology that makes it harder to spy on its users and called on other Internet firms to do the same, as Web providers look to thwart spying by government intelligence agencies.

The online messaging service, which began scrambling communications in 2011 using traditional HTTPS encryption, said Friday it has added an advanced layer of protection for HTTPS known as “forward secrecy.”

Twitter’s move is the latest response from U.S. Internet firms following disclosures by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden about widespread, classified U.S. government surveillance programs.



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