Frontier Communications has begun testing a new way to use encrypted messages in its network that uses technology that allows users to hide the source of messages and track them through the Internet.
The company, which has worked with Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook to develop the technology, said it is also looking at how to make use of other technologies to make the technology more secure.
“We’re looking at what other technologies exist to help protect communications and are exploring whether we can apply those to our own network as well,” said Frontier chief technology officer Dave Wiens.
“We’re seeing that it’s not only secure but it’s also much more secure.”
The new system uses an encryption protocol known as Transport Layer Security (TLS) that is used to encrypt and transmit communications on the Internet’s backbone.
In an interview with ABC News, Mr Wiens said the technology was being tested with a number of companies, including Apple and Facebook.
“There are lots of companies that are interested in doing the same thing, we’re trying to find a way to make sure that we’re making the system work in a way that’s secure and transparent to users,” he said.
“That means we’re able to protect the privacy of the communications we’re sending and receiving, and that’s what’s important.”
Mr Wiens described the technology as a tool for protecting communications and protecting the data it is stored on the network.
“The idea is to make it very easy for users to make those changes to the way they communicate,” he explained.
“You can send an encrypted message that you’re using in the background and when you receive it, it will not be sent to your local network.
It’s sent directly to your computer.”
And when you send it back to your phone, it doesn’t even get to the end of the network.
“It is a step in the right direction, Mr Niederhofer said, because “a lot of people think that encryption is bad, it’s bad because it makes you trust people.
“But in the end it makes it very difficult for criminals to track you.”
The technology, which is being tested by Frontier in the US, is being built using a different protocol than that used by Apple and Google, and it uses the encryption used to protect data on the web.
It is used in the Netherlands, where Mr Niese and Mr Wien have a team of engineers and data security experts working on the project.
It was also announced last week that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating Frontier for potentially violating privacy laws in its use of the technology.
“It’s not about the tech, it is about the technology,” Mr Nielhofer told ABC News.
“I think the FCC should be looking at the privacy implications and how we can better protect the people of the world from the surveillance of their private data.”