With encryption, Acton explains, anyone can conduct business or talk to a doctor without worrying about eavesdroppers.
With encryption, he says, you can even be a whistleblower—and not worry.
In other words, Whats App has no way of complying with a court order demanding access to the content of any message, phone call, photo, or video traveling through its service.
Like Apple, Whats App is, in practice, stonewalling the federal government, but it's doing so on a larger front—one that spans roughly a billion devices."Building secure products actually makes for a safer world, (though) many people in law enforcement may not agree with that," says Acton, who was employee number forty-four at Internet giant Yahoo before co-founding Whats App in 2009 alongside Koum, one of his old Yahoo colleagues.
But this morning, at a small office in Mountain View, California, three guys made the scope of that enormous debate look kinda small.
This means that if any group of people uses the latest version of Whats App—whether that group spans two people or ten—the service will encrypt all messages, phone calls, photos, and videos moving among them.
What is the reasonable level of assistance you should ask from that company?
"Whats App declined to discuss any particular wiretap orders.
Acton and Koum originally conceived of their app as a way for people to broadcast their availability to friends, family, and colleagues: Could they talk or text at that very moment or not?
But it soon morphed into a more general messaging app, a way to trade text messages via the Internet without using the SMS networks operated by cellular phone carriers like Verizon and AT&T.