While You Debate Privacy, WhatsApp Has No Backdoor

Many of you will be aware of Apple’s standoff with the FBI. If you’re not, then you might want to click through the link on the previous sentence. Apple  is refusing to even attempt ‘breaking into the iPhone, as it defeats the security of the device, which is part of their value proposition.

Is the sun rising or setting for your privacy?
Is the sun rising or setting for your privacy?

Last night, I saw a message on my WhatsApp conversation stream with Chomba. I did not activate the offer, as I was worried it could be some form of Trojan Horse, leaving me vulnerable if I was being duped into believing I was creating a more secure environment for myself.

Reading this article from Wired, Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People, the offer looks legit. I will be activating my encryption.

My view on this privacy debate, is that the government is being short sighted. It is not them abusing their power in what they ask for in future that worries me about privacy being exploited. It’s criminals using the same backdoor to hack into government operations, making the protection of citizens of the world that much more difficult to fulfill, when it comes to terrorist acts.

“The argument can be made: Maybe you want to trust the government, but you shouldn’t because you don’t know where things are going to go in the future.”. That is the other side of the same coin…

What do you think? Should our privacy have exceptions to the rule in terms of communication devices?

Author: fit4thabo

I’m a Banker by profession, and ubiquitous on social media. Sometimes, it is as if my brain has a mind of its own. Full of life, and love my family, my work, sports, food, whisky and wine.

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