Washington: The popular messenger WhatsApp said on Tuesday it had implemented “full end-to-end encryption,” a move which steps up solitude but may lead to conflicts with law enforcement agencies.
The Facebook-owned mobile application with one billion users worldwide made the declaration following weeks of intense debate over efforts by US authorities to compel Apple to help fissure into an encrypted iPhone.
“WhatsApp has always prioritized making your data and communication as secure as attainable,” a blog post announcing the change said.
“And today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve completed a technological growth that makes WhatsApp a leader in protecting your private communication: full end-to-end encryption.”
This means that “when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to,” the statement said.