Every call, message, photo, video, file and voice message sent on the latest version of WhatsApp will be secured via end-to-end encryption, the company announced Tuesday.
“Encryption is one of the most important tools governments, companies, and individuals have to promote safety and security in the new digital age,” co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton said in a statement. Koum is also chief executive of WhatsApp and a member of the board of directors of Facebook Inc., which owns WhatsApp.
With more than a billion users, WhatsApp is the latest consumer-facing firm to expand the use of encryption, as more companies embrace the technology as a means of delivering security and privacy to customers. End-to-end encryption is a technology that translates messages into a code that’s unreadable except to those who exchange the messages.
“While we recognize the important work of law enforcement in keeping people safe, efforts to weaken encryption risk exposing people’s information to abuse from cybercriminals, hackers, and rogue states,” Koum and Acton said.