Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is considering having end-to-end encryption for Messenger similar to that accorded to WhatsApp.
The company might be including end-to-end encryption to Messenger a few months or even weeks from now. However, the encryption might force the firm to compromise on some of the artificial intelligence features. End-to-end encryption for Messenger means the service will be more secure but it would hinder some machine learning. The firm had a global launch for its photo sharing app called Moments. Unfortunately the company had to eliminate some of the features in Europe and Canada due to privacy concerns.
The company will however grant users an optional mode where they can decide to activate it or not. Having an optional encryption mode would make the encryption different from the type of end-to-end encryption that Facebook offers through the WhatsApp Messenger. Rights groups and tech firms claim that the type of encryption that messenger will adopt scrambles information so that it can only be decrypted when the information reaches the end user. This type of security means information cannot be intercepted.
Law enforcers have been constantly rebuking end-to-end encryption because it prevents them from intercepting communications thus they cannot access user information. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) found itself at loggerheads with the FBI for refusing to grant back door access to the government. Apple’s battle with the feds seems to have attracted so much attention that Facebook saw the heavy encryption as a way to enhance user privacy.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has also been rumored to be considering high level of encryption for its upcoming messaging service it will be optional. It will also prevent some AI features when activated. Earlier reports also indicate that the company has been planning to carry out deeper encryption for Messenger.