WhatsApp joins Apple against US government

Whatsapp

WhatsApp has joined Apple in defying the US government’s efforts to gain access to mobile phone users’ private messages by rolling out tough encryption protections that will prevent law enforcement agencies from snooping on its more than 1 billion users. The Facebook-owned chat app expanded its end-to-end encryption… Like the iPhone’s messaging software, WhatsApp will hold no keys to users’ private communication — whether one-on-one or group messages, photos or calls — and so could not grant agencies access even if they had a warrant… Open Whisper Systems, which has joined WhatsApp to better secure the app, said it had completed rolling out the “strong encryption” and that when users update the app, they will be notified that all their conversations are covered by end-to-end encryption.

 

Hannah Kuchler

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