Amnesty has awarded Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger apps the top spot in a new privacy ranking for messaging services. The human rights NGO gave the two services a combined score of 73/100, with Apple’s iMessage and Facetime, and Telegram coming in 2nd with 67. But it criticised Facebook for failing to set end-to-end encryption as the default option on Messenger and not highlighting the risks of less secure messaging. But crucially, Facebook can decrypt these message if it needs to – if, for example, the FBI comes knocking. In its report, Amnesty quotes the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s senior attorney Nate Cardozo: “The fact that it is not on by default means that Messenger can’t and shouldn’t be treated as a secure platform.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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