Google and Facebook are two of the major tech companies that are increasing their efforts in order to make sure that the users’ data is as secure as possible from hackers and from those of the US government, who want to monitor their conversations.
Facebook is already encrypting messages on its WhatsApp mobile messaging application. At the same time, the big social network is now trying to apply encryption to the service’s group messages and voice calls. In addition, the company will improve the security of its Messenger chat tool.
On the other hand, Google is now investigating whether the End-To-End encryption that’s used for emails can be applied to other products or not. According to reports, Snapchat, the video and photo sharing service, is currently working on a more secure messaging system.
Encryption has been a hot subject in the past days and this is because Apple had a battle with the US Department of Justice. The Department of Justice from the US was trying to force Apple to unlock an iPhone 5C device that was used by one of the shooters from San Bernardino, where 14 people have died.
It seems that Apple has resisted the court order, saying that an action like this would create a back door that could be exploited in other iPhones. At the same time, the Cupertino based company has talked with security experts about how to make it more difficult for the law enforcements officials to make it turn over customer data. However, the fight is not over, as Apple and the FBI will meet at a hearing in federal court in Riverside, California on March 22, 2016.
According to The Guardian, one of the proposed ideas is to ask the companies to keep the content of messages encrypted, but turn over metadata to the government, so that they can be used in criminal investigations.