WhatsApp, the widespread messaging service revealed on Tuesday that it had executed “full end-to-end encryption,” a change which steps up privacy but may lead to encounters with law implementation agencies.
WhatsApp Introduces End-to-End Encryption to its Communication Services
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp, with one billion users globally made the declaration following weeks of penetrating discussion over efforts by US authorities to induce Apple to support halt into an encoded iPhone. Whatsapp says that it is using the Signal Protocol (made by Open Whisper Systems) to power its privacy-focused feature.
“WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as possible.”
A blog post announcing the change revealed.
“And today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve completed a technological development that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication: full end-to-end encryption.”
This means that,
“When you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to.”
The statement read.
The blog post by WhatsApp co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton informed encryption is an essential tool for its subscribers.
“We live in a world where more of our data is digitized than ever before.”
“Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen. And if nothing is done, more of people’s digital information and communication will be vulnerable to attack in the years to come. Fortunately, end-to-end encryption protects us from these vulnerabilities.”
WhatsApp is allegedly convoluted in a court battle similar to the one involving Apple, which fought a federal effort to offer backing in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year’s San Bernardino killing binge.
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It is considered that WhatsApp end-to-end encryption is entirely private and the communication will be secured, well the notion is wrong. There still remains a major susceptibility for privacy-concerned individuals, the metadata about conversations is not furtive. The government, could access information from Facebook or WhatsApp with whom a specific subscriber communicated and how often.