Facebook, the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg, will be working in an encrypted version of its Messenger application. The British Newspaper The Guardian writes, citing next three project people, which in the coming months the social network plans to launch an optional version of encrypted communications in its Messenger application. This system where the technology is working will allow users to install an encryption considered comprehensive and aims to block access to read, either by the authorities or by Facebook itself, the messages of users.
The Guardian also said that the social network wants this new feature is optional for making available to all users would create interference with some new features of “machine learning” that are being built in Messenger. Large technology companies are doubling the security systems of messaging services after the standoff between Apple and the FBI.
The December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a couple with links to the Islamic State, opened fire on a group of employees of the Department of Public Health that was at a Christmas party in the Californian city of San Bernardino. An attack that resulted in 14 deaths and 22 serious injuries. Following the shooting, the couple was killed by US police. To investigate the case, the US Justice Department urged Apple to give “technical assistance” to the FBI for the federal agency acceded to the iPhone 5c Rizwan Syed Farook. The authorities wanted Apple to develop a “software” that would allow the FBI access to device data.
However, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, rejected the application on the grounds that it would set a “dangerous precedent” and would jeopardize the privacy of its users. It is now known that the US authorities paid over a million dollars to a group of “hackers” professionals to help them access the iPhone used by Rizwan Farook. The British newspaper says that the technology industry is in the midst of two trends that are in conflict. That is, consumers seem to ask that companies share less of their personal data but also want companies to improve services by integrating more of their personal data.