The world’s largest messaging service, WhatsApp, has very good news for its users. The latest updates are that the service has developed and end-to-end encryption to make sure that phone calls, messages and photos or videos are all kept away from the prying eyes. The update is small but has marked another crucial step in the continuing battle between technology companies and authorities.
Only the sender and the receiver can read the messages due to the encryption of communications. WhatsApp will not be able to access information even if there is a court order due to the encryption safeguarding their user’s privacy. Now you can watch films from your Android for free, by using the Sling TV movies application.
WhatsApp Encryption Update
Jan Koum, the WhatsApp founder said that nobody can see messages including hackers or cybercriminals or them. It is like users chat face to face and the conversation is private all with the help of end-to-end encryption.
With this update, WhatsApp joins Apple in the dynamic conflicts with the FBI in an effort to safeguard users’ privacy. However, some people are arguing that these companies are safeguarding this information with an aim of selling it to the highest bidders requiring the latter. Measures of protection also making it tough for enforcement agencies of law to observe suspects. This puts the government’s efforts to end encryption at an important situation that needs memoranda of understanding.
Technology giants such as Facebook, Snapchat and Google are trying hard to increase the messages’ security which are sent through their gadgets. The majority of technology companies are concerned about a legal precedent that is being set since it can weaken encryption and may later cause more harm than good. The big debate remains on the privacy of personal information versus national security.
Every citizen expects the state to provide adequate national security. However, some technical questions remain with no precise answers; -does national security depend much on citizens’ personal information? What if we have nothing to hide? Don’t we have a right to privacy as citizens? This debate rages on and every opinion is accepted.