Facebook’s Encryption Plans

How do the new privacy rules of Facebook outlined in the beginning of 2019 impact its users?  The messaging apps have expanded with emphasis on the private messaging which is the opposite of what has occurred until now with Facebook promoting public sharing.

From users’ requirements, Facebook noticed that people want to use direct messaging and with a temporary effect as well. Facebook makes possible to users communicate between themselves using any app of their choice.

With the integration of the messaging apps, such as messenger of Facebook,  Whatapp and Instagram, it is remarked that this approach would give power to Facebook and encryption of messages would work fine, while the privacy may suffer. This would not be the encryption to solve the privacy matters.

With the integration, Facebook users would use any app to communicate with their peers and friends through any of the services and SMS that this social media allows. It is intended as an opt-in service where the users are in control whether to keep the service. While integrations look terrific from the convenience viewpoint, they raise questions regarding the users’ privacy.

However, the Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg stated to CNN in March that “end-to-end encryption for all private communications is the right thing to do” since he sees the necessity of encrypting the messages users send from the Facebook messenger to their friends’ cells using Whatsapp and which currently are send without taking into account the privacy and security issues. People are not sending encrypted SMS messages with Messenger app since at present the SMS protocol does not offer secure encryption.

Besides encryption, another aspect of data that is intended to undergo change would be the duration of storing the messages. Since Facebook has acted as a communication path between friends and sharing content which is not meant to last long, the present designers of messaging in Facebook and integrating with the other platforms look at the option the users would make to have their sent data removed at certain periods as they choose to: a year or less even seconds after its transmission.

The designers of the new view for Facebook data transmission start from the foundation of public data sharing and they conclude that if the users are looking into privacy options, Facebook is ready to implement them to evolve services like private stories, information and messaging.

 

References:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/06/tech/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-privacy/index.html

 

Cory Popescu

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