“[…] in the #surveillance
state in which we all now live, it is more important than ever to ensure that our #communication
tools are secure and trustworthy. While it’s a good thing that apps such as Duo and WhatsApp are now using end-to-end #encryption
— meaning third parties, including the company providing the service, should not be able to read, or listen to, what users are saying — using #proprietary
software and protocols means that we have to place a certain degree of trust in companies such as Google and Facebook.
“Given that we know many of these companies have co-operated with government agencies — such as the National Security Agency #NSA
— the recent news that #WhatsApp
will be cross-referencing users’ phone numbers with #Facebook
accounts and the fact that the proprietary nature of these applications means they are often less likely to undergo thorough #security
audits, it’s hard to blindly trust these companies to keep our best interests and #privacy
“My solution to the problem of people being segregated on, often insecure, communications platforms is to buck the trend whenever possible and refuse to correspond using anything that isn’t open and secure. But this will only work if other people follow my lead.”
For a technology to become widely adopted as a method of communication, it needs to be based on open standards.