Archive for : June, 2018

Google proposed new instant messaging tool for 2018

According to Boing Boing, it’s 2018, five years after Edward Snowden’s documents revealed the scope of US and allied mass surveillance; after a string of revelations about creepy private-sector cyber-arms-dealers who sell spying tools to stalkers, criminals, and autocratic governments, Google has proposed “Chat,” a new Android standard for instant messaging with no encryption and hence zero protection against snooping.

By contrast, Facebook — tech’s most surveillance-happy corporation — added Signal’s end-to-end encryption to Whatsapp in 2014. Amnesty International says that Google has shown “total contempt” for Android users’ privacy, Mcdovoice satisfaction survey.

“With its baffling decision to launch a messaging service without end-to-end encryption, Google has shown utter contempt for the privacy of Android users and handed a precious gift to cybercriminals and government spies alike, allowing them easy access to the content of Android users’ communications. Following the revelations by CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden, end-to-end encryption has become recognized as an essential safeguard for protecting people’s privacy when using messaging apps. With this new Chat service, Google shows a staggering failure to respect the human rights of its customers,” Westby contended.

Westby continued, saying: “In the wake of the recent Facebook data scandal, Google’s decision is not only dangerous but also out of step with current attitudes to data privacy.”