A new system of security and secrecy has been developed by a consortium of companies that include Frontier Communications, a leading US internet company, to allow companies to keep their own encryption keys for communications.
The security features are being used by Frontier to provide encryption services to clients such as banks and companies that have agreements with them to share encrypted data with them.
The new encryption features were revealed by Frontier Communications in a security announcement published on Thursday.
In the announcement, Frontier said it was “working to integrate its new encryption capability into its core services”.
“Frontier has developed a new suite of encryption services, which enables Frontier to enable customers to encrypt their data in accordance with a specific, agreed-upon set of parameters,” Frontier said.
It said it could not reveal the terms of the agreements it had with the companies it works with.
“In many cases, the data that Frontier uses to encrypt is encrypted using proprietary encryption technology, and is therefore sensitive,” the company said.
“In addition, it is necessary for Frontier to comply with all relevant export laws, including US and EU export controls.”
It said Frontier had previously said it would encrypt communications with companies it worked with.
“The Frontier encryption service enables Frontier customers to securely communicate with other customers who are working with Frontier or whose business depends on Frontier’s products and services, or who want to use Frontier’s encryption services for communications between themselves and their customers,” Frontier wrote in the security announcement.
“This will allow them to secure communications that they are willing to disclose to the public, including in the case of law enforcement.”
The new Frontier encryption capabilities will also allow Frontier customers and customers of other companies to securely access and store data that they have agreed to retain for a specified period of time, without being compelled to do so by law enforcement.”‘
Secure data’A Frontier spokesperson told the ABC the new encryption would only be used in “secure data”.”
This is for data that is encrypted by a proprietary encryption scheme or key.
It is not for data in the cloud,” he said.”
When data is encrypted, the encryption key and the key provider are never revealed, and only the data is sent to the other end.
“There is no information on the recipient, recipient’s destination, or destination of the data.”
The spokesperson added that Frontier would “always be working with” encryption providers, such as those from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Apple and others.
“As a leading provider of internet communications services and a trusted partner to many of the most important internet companies in the world, Frontier remains committed to working with these companies to protect our customers’ data and to keep customers’ privacy at the forefront of our communications practices,” he added.
“Frontiers technology is secure data, and customers can trust it to protect their communications.”
In the US, companies that provide encrypted communications can share their encryption keys with customers.
But they cannot sell their encrypted data to third parties.
“They can’t sell the keys to other companies,” Frontier Communications’ Chief Privacy Officer Brian O’Neill said.
He said Frontier Communications was not selling its encryption keys.
“We don’t sell our keys to anyone, we just share them with the rest of the encryption providers,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“That’s all it does is let customers keep the keys.”
Frontier said the new security features were not used by any other companies.
The company did not reveal how much the new features would cost, but said it planned to introduce more of them over time.
Earlier this month, the US National Security Agency (NSA) was revealed to have spied on foreign internet companies.
The agency is also suspected of hacking into the communications of Australian companies.
In a statement, Frontier Communications said it did not discuss the NSA and had not had any discussions with the US government about the matter.
In an interview with The ABC, Mr O’Neil said Frontier was also working with law enforcement to help prevent cyberattacks.
“What we’re doing is not going to stop them from doing the same thing in the future,” he explained.
“But we’re working very hard to ensure that they don’t get access to all of our data, because that’s going to give them access to a whole new set of capabilities that they can use to do more damage.”