WhatsApp promises its users their messages are strictly private, but a ProPublica investigation suggests otherwise.
Rumors about the security of private messages on WhatsApp have swirled on social media after it said users would have to agree to the new policy or stop using the app.
The Trump administration is quietly dismantling the Open Technology Fund, the tiny but impactful agency that seeded projects like Signal, Tails OS and WireGuard—vital to activists and journalists in places like China and Iran
The video-conferencing app plans to roll out additional protection to paying users and other "enterprise accounts."
The software experienced a surge in use during the COVID-19 pandemic while garnering criticism for security and privacy bugs.
"We know that the more we connect, the more we have to protect. As we conduct more of our lives online, protecting our conversations is more important than ever," the company said in a blog post.
"Today law enforcement has access to more data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and solving investigations," Apple said.
Swedish police will soon be able to secretly install spyware to read encrypted messages on the computers and telephones of crime suspects. The results will be keenly watched in Washington and beyond.
The emoji was reportedly approved by a Telegram employee by mistake.
One group active this week was titled "Kids boy gay" and contained more than 250 members, according to the Financial Times.
WhatsApp co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum have both left Facebook, which acquired the company in 2014 for $22 billion.
Government officials want greater access to secure communications data.
Telecom companies will now have to store all user communications for six months.
The PGP vulnerabilities could be exploited to expose encrypted messages in plain text, academics warn.
"I'm setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage blockchain across Facebook," said executive David Marcus.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden has urged Twitter to bulk up the security of direct messages.
Speculation has mounted that Koum clashed with Facebook over how it used personal data collected from WhatsApp.
Russia's Federal Security Service claimed the chat application is used by terrorists.
A joint investigation by the FBI and law enforcement officials in Australia and Canada determined that the phones were made explicitly for evading law enforcement.
Moxie Marlinspike and Brian Acton announce the creation of the Signal Foundation, a new non-profit, to develop secure communications.
In addition to dozens of bathing, naked women, the illustrations feature stars, planets, plants and diagrams resembling Zodiac signs.
A security flaw could potentially allow hackers or government spies to slide into group chats unnoticed.
The smartphone application allows for messages to be deleted almost instantly.
Texas Rangers served Apple with a search warrant for an iPhone discovered at the scene of the mass shooting.
Many within capital markets communicate using WhatsApp, WeChat, and Telegram—and these will have to become compliant.