WhatsApp, the world largest cross platform messaging app, days ago added what seemed to be a regular update. As the company’s message read,
“Messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption.”
However, why is it such a big deal, according to Huffington Post, the crux of the story is that WhatsApp itself would not have the access to user’s data.
Now, how would this change affect the one billion WhatsApp users? First of all, it’s good news for all users, because from now on a message sent through WhatsApp is completely encrypted, i.e. from the moment it leaves a sender’s device till it is received by the recipient, nobody including WhatsApp can view its contents of the message, even if it is captured en route.
The users therefore, can remain tension free as their messages and calls are secured from anyone trying to intercept them.
Secondly, from now onwards, WhatsApp can view the messages or listen to the calls only after a lawful request for someone’s personal data or messages, otherwise, it simply can’t. And lastly, if you might suggest that the government would ban this move, however, this would not be smart form the government as banning encryption could jeopardize the developing digital economy.
However, coming to WhatsApp, as previously reported, encryption measures are not the economically viable models, as explained by a report published by Harvard’s Berkman Center, which says, “Implementing end-to-end encryption by default for all, or even most, user data streams would conflict with the advertising model and presumably curtail revenues.”
Source: Business Recorder