Whatsapp has recently made the announcement that all of its users’ communications will be encrypted soon.
Messages sent on Whatsapp, including file transfers and audio, will now be protected: end-to-end encryption will be implemented so that communication sent from one device to another will only be decrypted by that of the receiver. In this way, it will not be possible for third parties to intercept and read messages.
This measure is reminiscent of the FBI issue regarding the iPhone. The latter had asked Apple to assist it in accessing data on an iPhone that was used by a criminal, but the company had refused. The FBI had, however, succeeded in unlocking the device and having access to the information, and it was not said as to how it was able to do so, nor did Apple comment on this. This incident put data encryption in the limelight.
Whatsapp says that the protection of private communication features among its “core beliefs”. With the end-to-end encryption, messages will be unreadable, either to criminals or to law enforcement officers.
“The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us,” says Whatsapp in a statement.
The setting will be enabled by default. Users having the latest version of the app have already been notified of the change.