Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption

Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users’ communications from Tuesday.With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender’s device and can only be decrypted by the recipient’s device.It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35969739Also see:WhatsApp Encryption Now Covers All Messages
WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook and used by more than one billion people, on Tuesday introduced full encryption for its service, a way to ensure that only the sender and recipient can read messages sent using the app.Known as “end-to-end encryption,” it will be applied to photos, videos and group text messages sent among people in more than 50 languages across the world, including India, Brazil and Europe. Previously, only one-to-one text messages were fully encrypted.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/technology/whatsapp-messaging-service-introduces-full-encryption.htmlWhatsApp rolls out full encryption to a billion messenger users
WhatsApp is updating its messenger app so that every text and voice call on one of the world’s most popular apps will be protected with strong encryption – potentially putting millions more conversations outside the purview of authorities.The development at the messenger company, which is owned by Facebook, is striking given Silicon Valley’s recent staredown with authorities over user data privacy.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/05/whatsapp-rolls-out-full-encryption-to-a-billion-messenger-usersWhatsApp Adds End-to-End Encryption To One Billion Users
The world’s largest online communications company WhatsApp, with one billion users, announced Tuesday it added end-to-end encryption to its entire platform. The move is seen as a major win for security and privacy advocates. It also shifts the encryption spotlight away from Apple and its battle with the FBI and thrusts the Facebook-owned WhatsApp center stage.Co-founders of WhatsApp, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, announced the move on the company’s blog Tuesday stating it has implemented end-to-end encryption across its entire network for all mobile platforms.

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