With the ongoing FBI vs Apple fiasco gathering attention from across the globe, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly planning to add end-to-end encryption to its group chats and voice calls service. The messaging giant has already been encrypting the personal chats, where only users talking to each other can access the conversation. The encryption makes it impossible even for WhatsApp to decrypt user messages. Also Read - WhatsApp COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can get resources during the pandemicAlso Read - Good news! Jio users can now check COVID-19 vaccine slots on WhatsApp - here's how
WhatsApp has been having a legal dispute in Brazil where a judge authorized a wiretap. However, due to the messaging giant s encryption, investigators couldn t get the user information that they required. According to some investigators, WhatsApp case could set a new, impactful standard compared to Apple as it could likely determine the future of wiretapping. Also Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
The Justice Department had been privately debating how to resolve a prolonged standoff for accessing encrypted phone calls and messages. They say the Justice Department should ask a judge to force WhatsApp to help the government get information that has been encrypted, The New York Times reports.
WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum has already defended Apple in FBI encryption fight. In a recent Facebook post, Koum mentioned the importance of privacy by saying The purpose of security is to safeguard privacy. Billions of people share their most personal, intimate information using services like ours, and they expect all of us to keep it safe from criminals and other bad guys. Asking a single company to undermine the security of its product for an investigation threatens the security of all of us in the long run.
He further added saying Today, WhatsApp and other companies are asking a U.S. court to overturn an order that would require Apple to weaken the security of its product. We are proud to stand together to demonstrate how these efforts go beyond what the law allows and how they compromise the values upon which our country is built.
In another report from The Guardian, Facebook is also looking for ways to improve security for its Messenger service. The report further states while Snapchat is exploring a secure messaging system, Google is also looking forward to further encrypt its email technology. Citing sources, the publication also reports that voice calls encryption on WhatsApp is almost complete and should be at work within weeks.