Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is currently in the process of rolling out an encrypted chat service, called MegaChat, which will compete with Skype.
The service will be rolled out gradually, beginning with video-calling. The initial rollout began at the tail end of last week. Future updates will incorporate a text-chat service and video-conferencing, making forms of instant communication online more private.
The launch came in the wake of the news that a top EU official wants companies to be required by law to hand over encryption keys. A document leaked by the civil liberties group Statewatch quotes Gilles de Kerchove as saying that encryption "increasingly makes lawful interception by the relevant national authorities technically difficult or even impossible."
He added that the European Commission should implement rules that would see internet and telecommunications companies providing national authorities with access to communications.
Kim Dotcom announced the launch of MegaChat on Twitter and announced that he is looking for people to find security flaws. He wrote, “#Mega offers a security bounty again. Please report any security flaw to us. We'll fix it and reward you. Thanks for helping."