Facebook beefs up end-to-end encryption for data security

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Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the company is expanding end-to-end encryption on its WhatsApp messaging service.

Facebook will allow users to choose to enable end-to-end encryption on their backups as well, meaning neither WhatsApp nor the cloud-service providers will be able to access them.

“We’re adding another layer of privacy and security,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Friday. “WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge.”

The move arrives as Facebook faces scrutiny over its privacy policies for the messaging service. —Agencies

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