Encryption Updates Coming "Within Weeks"

Encryption Updates Coming
According to new reports, tech giants are actively working to boost encryption services amidst Apple's FBI fight.

On Monday, The Guardian reported that Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and others are working to strengthen their privacy technology. These projects look to increase encryption and show support for Apple's ongoing fight against the FBI. Facebook-owned WhatsApp plans to expand its secure messaging service "within weeks," bringing encryption to voice calls in addition to its existing privacy features. Separately, Facebook is looking into boosting security on Messenger. Snapchat and Google are also looking into more security features for users; Snapchat is developing a secure messaging system and Google is looking for more uses for encrypted email technology. These projects, and others, have been in the works since before Apple entered a court battle with the Department of Justice over iPhone encryption and are not in response to Apple's fight though they do draw parallels.

WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum was one of the first to voice support for Apple in its encryption battle. "We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake," said Koum in a Facebook post sharing Apple CEO Tim Cook's customer letter on the matter. Snapchat also released a statement in support of Apple saying, "Over 100 million people use Snapchat every day because they feel free to have fun and express themselves. We take the security and privacy of all that self-expression seriously. That's why we've filed a legal brief today supporting Apple in its dispute with the FBI."

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