Google, Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat plan more encryption

encryptionGoogle, Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat are to take on law enforcement’s demands that they turn over criminal data by increasing their encryption features.

Facebook has suggested that it is increasing privacy of its Messenger service, while its instant messaging app Whatsapp also confirmed that it would be extending its encryption offering to secure voice calls.

Since 2014, the mobile platform has been adding to its user data encryption tools, making it harder for law enforcement bodies to spy on private communications. Messages on Android and iOS are already encrypted, and now the company is planning to introduce a similar system for voice messages and group chats.

The Guardian reports that Whatsapp’s encryption would be based on code developed by privacy guru Moxie Marlinspike. One of the key advantages of Moxie’s software is that it has been tried and tested repeatedly by leading security experts.

Snapchat, which is working on securing its messaging service, and search heavyweight Google, are both developing an encrypted email project.

End to End encryption will enable users to send encrypted emails decipherable only by the sender and recipient.