Facebook is reportedly planning to encrypt voice calls and group chats on the worldwide messaging giant WhatsApp.
Apparently, the company was having similar issues with Brazil as Apple had had with the FBI in the US. The only difference was officials were successfully able to get a court order for a user’s WhatsApp data, to which the company was unable to help since it has encrypted all of its users’ messages since 2014 and was not able to come up with any of the user’s information.
The Guardian reports that WhatsApp now plans to offer users end-to-end encryption for all voice calls and group chats on the app. Likely in response to the unfortunate events of Brazil detaining a Facebook executive for Latin America when WhatsApp was unable to give the courts the information they demanded.
Surely after everything ongoing about privacy and security with connected devices and apps, users will be more aware of these privacy concerns and WhatsApp could potentially advertise a product that is safe from unwanted viewers.
WhatsApp Messenger is a freeware and cross-platform instant messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user place. The application runs on a mobile device though it is also accessible from desktop computers; the service uses standard cellular mobile numbers. Originally users could only communicate with other users individually or in groups of users, but in September 2017 WhatsApp announced a forthcoming business platform which will enable companies to give customer service to users at scale. All data is end-to-end encrypted.