Research and Markets: Facebook Introduces Full End-to-End Encryption for Whatsapp Messaging Platform

Apr 06, 2016, 07:53 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Facebook has introduced end-to-end encryption for the one billion users of its Whatsapp messaging platform. The update means the company will no longer have the capability to read users' messages even if approached by law enforcement or government agencies. All messages, including group, video and voice messages, will now be accessible only to the sender and recipients.

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Security has become a primary concern for everyone, be it individuals, small and medium businesses, enterprises or governments. A recent report on IoT Security notes that with technological advancement and the increasing application of networking, the concern for security is increasing every day. Facebook's decision to increase security comes right on the back of the high profile dispute between the FBI and Apple. The tech company refused to unlock and encrypted phone belonging to Syed Farouk, who was responsible for a mass shooting in San Bernardino in December.

Encryption is a technique that secures data by converting plain text into a cipher format during transmission through the internet. The main purpose of encryption software is to protect confidentiality and ensure only authorized parties can read correspondence. One report expects the global encryption software market to grow 17.36% by 2019, while another expects the market to be valued at $2.16 billion by 2020.

Whatsapp has previously offered end-to-end encryption on text-only messages between two users. Group messages, voice messages and those containing rich media were not fully encrypted until this latest update.

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