WhatsApp will roll out stricter encryption for its 2 billion users

Anne Freier | February 17, 2020

App Business

WhatsApp has confirmed that it remains committed to installing strong encryption.

The popular messaging app which also announced that it now has over two billion users worldwide and its parent Facebook had been criticised by child protection agencies that stronger encryption would enable predators and abusers to roam the app more freely.

The argument is that if law enforcement agencies cannot monitor these apps, they cannot intercept. This opens the door to, for example, child pornography being shared more easily.

It weakens security and opens the door to hackers and criminals.

But WhatsApp said it won’t budget because “strong encryption is a necessity in modern life. We will not compromise on security because that would make people less safe.”

“For even more protection, we work with top security experts, employ industry-leading technology to stop misuse as well as provide controls and ways to report issues – without sacrificing privacy,” the company added.

Typically, back doors allow enforcement agencies to monitor criminals, but Facebook argues that it also opens up its platforms to hackers and cybercriminals. The social network confirmed that the security of its users was the motivator behind its decision to roll out stricter encryption.

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