The D.O.J. versus Encryption; this may have been the biggest case regarding personal privacy in the digital age, and it went undecided. Rather than force the court to make a ruling the D.O.J. withdrew their petition because the F.B.I. found a way to hack the iPhone. But in the tech industry the fall out is undeniable. Companies are pushing encryption.
The biggest showing comes from WhatsApp. More than a billion people use WhatsApp to send messages, make calls, send photos, and share videos. Brian Acton and Jan Koum, the founders of WhatsApp, announced WhatsApp is now encrypted from end-to-end in every form of communication available through its service.
WhatsApp is an application available on Android, iPhone, Windows phone and other platforms. It doesn’t matter which platform you or the receiver uses the communication, regardless of form, is encrypted. The encryption is so tight not even WhatsApp can peek into it. There are no back doors. So if the D.O.J. serves a subpoena for records WhatsApp has no way to comply. And that’s on over a billion phones.
Co-founder of WhatsApp said “Building secure products actually makes for a safer world, (though) many people in law enforcement may not agree with that”. Acton asserts that through the use of encryption people can conduct business or talk to a doctor without worrying about eavesdroppers.