Senate approves encrypted app Signal for staff use

Senate approves encrypted app Signal for staff use
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The Senate Sergeant at Arms has approved the encrypted messaging app Signal for lawmakers and staff.

The move was first noticed by the tech publication ZDNet in a letter from Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Senate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record MORE (D-Ore.) thanking Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin for the decision.

In a letter last week, the senator thanked Larkin for improving the security of Senate websites and also praised him for “the recent announcement by your office that the end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal is approved for Senate staff use.”

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ZDNet reported Tuesday that the approval for Signal took effect in March but appears to have flown under the public radar.

Recently, employees at the Environmental Protection Agency and White House both came under fire for either using Signal or the competing app Confide. Both of those agencies fall under different, stricter records laws than Congress.