Elon Musk gives Signal a boost over WhatsApp's new policy

 

 

 

 

 Signal encrypted messaging is currently enjoying indirect promotion from Elon Musk. The richest man in the world invites all of his Twitter followers to install the mobile application.

 

 




Faced with the new privacy policy that will soon be implemented on WhatsApp, Elon Musk, who has often been critical of Facebook, apparently wanted to give Signal's encrypted messaging a boost.

 

 

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A boost for Signal


For a few days now, WhatsApp users have been receiving a notification asking them to accept new terms of service. Concretely, to continue using the service, it is necessary to accept the sharing of personal information with the Facebook parent company.



This new policy will come into effect on February 8. While messages sent through WhatsApp will continue to be end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will take the liberty of collecting metadata relating to them. A telephone number associated with a public key of a WhatsApp contact could for example be linked to that of a friend on Facebook and thus determine the degree of engagement with this contact.



For its part, Signal and its foundation initially developed the encryption technology adopted by the WhatsApp team. Made popular by Edward Snowden himself, the app, available on iOS and Android, has gained in functionality over the past few years. Its open source code is regularly audited by security experts.



After posting a simple tweet from Elon Musk to 41.6 million subscribers, Signal reported on Twitter that it had registered a large number of newcomers. The foundation then explained how to migrate its current groups from WhatsApp to those from Signal.


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