New York will begin rolling out an encrypted messaging service on Monday, the first of its kind in the U.S. A new platform will be called Bitmessage, which will offer secure, anonymous messaging that will be backed by a decentralized digital currency called bitcoin.
A separate service called Signal will offer encrypted messaging and call recording.
The New York City Council passed a bill on Tuesday that allows the city to adopt a new law requiring all public buildings to be encrypted.
“This will enable the city’s buildings to remain a safe place to live and work, while preserving their privacy for all New Yorkers,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
The bill passed the council unanimously.
“New York City is committed to being a safe, secure and welcoming place for all of its citizens,” the mayor added.
New York has been under a federal government of emergency for several weeks because of the threat of terrorism.
The city’s mayor is considering imposing new security measures in an effort to deter terrorists.
Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a memo outlining new terrorism-related tools to combat homegrown extremism.
It also includes an advisory that states that “a threat to public safety should not be understood to mean a specific act of violence.”
A report published in December by the New York State Police found that New York residents who traveled overseas to join jihadist groups or fight with al-Qaeda have gone on to commit terrorism in the United States.