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Facebook to introduce End-to-end Encryption

Messenger to get a new feature called ‘secret conversations’ that will provide cyber security

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 11 2016 2:19PM | Updated Date: Jul 11 2016 2:19PM

Facebook to introduce End-to-end Encryption
Following Whatsapp in end-to-end encryption, Facebook has confirmed that the messenger will soon get this feature to ensure safety. To put it simply, encryption means the messages, videos, photos, calls made over the app can’t be read by anyone; not Facebook, not third-parties like the government or cyber-criminals or hackers. 
 
This feature will come with the new Secret Conversations mode, the company confirmed. The data in this mode will not be stored on company’s servers. This mode for device level encryption will not be by default and will have to be activated manually unlike Whatsapp in which end-to-end encryption is enabled by default. 
 
A timer can also be set which will allow users to make messages disappear after the allocated time, once the other user has read them in these secret conversations. The option to start a secret conversation will appear when the user will tap on a friend’s name and scroll down. 
 
We will have to wait for the end-to-end encryption to roll out since Facebook is still testing it with a limited number of users. For this, Facebook used a technology called Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems like whatsapp and also pointed out that the private chats do not support GIFs, video, or financial transaction. 
 
“During this test, we will gather feedback about the functionality, measure performance and introduce tools to enable you to report objectionable content to us,” The company announced. 
 
Although end-to-end encryption has witnessed a boom in its popularity In all major tech companies for heightened cyber security and surveillance fears, it remains a concern for some law enforcement officials that it could stop them from being able to access the communications of criminals and terrorists even when investigators obtain a warrant.