[messaging] Second thoughts on WhatsApp encryption

Joseph Bonneau jbonneau at gmail.com
Fri Nov 28 06:21:45 PST 2014

On Nov 27, 2014 9:12 AM, "Mike Hearn" <mike at plan99.net> wrote:
> Is Kik actually end to end encrypted? The language on that page certainly
implies so (it says "we never have access to messages") but then, I see no
mention of encryption anywhere and web search results seem ambiguous on the
topic. Still, yes that sort of web site is what I was thinking of

Unfortunately Kik didn't respond when we reached out while putting together
the EFF scorecard. They have never officially said they are end-to-end
encrypted and we did not credit them for it. Given how much positive press
WhatsApp got last week, you'd think Kik would have wanted to quickly say
"we've already had that for a while." The "protecting themselves from
governments" theory explains why they would implement it and not widely
discuss it to users as a selling point (WhatsApp and iMessage don't mention
security in their front-page marketing either). But it's a mystery that
they refuse to acknowledge it at all.
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