Google Messages for End-to-End Encryption for Android Users
Google said Thursday that it will implement end-to-end encryption for Android users, which will make it more difficult for anyone, including the police, to read the content of messages.
“End-to-end encryption ensures that no one, including Google and third parties can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you are messaging, “said Google Product Lead Drew Rowny announcing the launch.
Google’s move is part of an SMS upgrade to the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard with additional features for images and videos.
It will be available to people who communicate using Android-powered devices.
The move brings additional privacy and security to Google’s messaging app, but comes amid growing complaints from law enforcement agencies around the world that strong encryption can allow criminals to hide their tracks.
Digital rights activists have long supported strong encryption to allow users to avoid spying from governments and cybercriminals. But some governments have warned that technology could hamper criminal investigations.
End-to-end encryption is already available on some services, such as Facebook-property WhatsApp, but the company has faced resistance over its plan to bring full encryption to its Delivery courier application.
Last year, US Attorney General William Barr joined his British and Australian counterparts in urging Facebook to abandon its encryption, claiming that the scheme’s court undermined investigations into child exploitation.
Civil liberties groups responded that a lack of encryption or privileged access for law enforcement could harm the privacy and security of all Internet users, creating holes that could be exploited by bad actors.