France Is Creating Its Own Whatsapp Counterpart To Prevent Data Privacy & Surveillance Fears

By on April 19, 2018

It may look like Facebook is the only platform in the midst of a privacy scandal, but that doesn’t mean its other properties have escaped scrutiny.

A lot of people are now also hesitant to use WhatsApp and Instagram, both Facebook products, for fear they have the same lax privacy regulations.

In fact, France is so worried about WhatsApp being compromised it’s building its own version of the messaging app for government officials. The aim is to keep the new messaging client in a closed circuit so foreign agents can’t spy on internal discussions.

The app is reportedly being built using open source code available online and will be heavily encrypted. The servers will be set up within France, where the government can monitor their security themselves and act faster when they need to be protected. According to a government spokesperson, about 20 French officials are testing the app right now. Eventually, by the summer, all government employees will be required to use this app for official internal communication.

Sure, WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption, but that’s not the only idea at play here. After all, even if a government believes in WhatsApp’s security, having a mandated app for government employees makes internal investigations a lot easier. After all, it would be much easier for French authorities to gain access to private chats from their own app with a warrant than from WhatsApp.

“We need to find a way to have an encrypted messaging service that is not encrypted by the United States or Russia,” the government spokeswoman told the press. “You start thinking about the potential breaches that could happen, as we saw with Facebook, so we should take the lead.”

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