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Amazon buys encrypted messaging app Wickr


Washington: Amazon said on Friday that it is acquiring the encrypted messaging application Wickr, which provides secure communications for businesses, government agencies and individuals.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Amazon said in a statement that it will include Wickr in its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division that provides cloud computing and other services.

AWS will continue to provide Wickr services, including end-to-end encrypted communications that meet specific regulatory requirements.

“The need for this type of secure communications is accelerating,” said AWS vice president Stephen Schmidt

“With the move to hybrid work environments, due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, enterprises and government agencies have a growing desire to protect their communications across many remote locations.”

Wickr has touted its “military grade” encryption for business and government users, and was among the apps reportedly used to leak information from the White House during the Trump administration.

Other apps that provide encrypted communications include Facebook’s WhatsApp, Apple’s iMessage, and Foundation-operated Signal.

These apps allow people to send messages that law enforcement authorities cannot intercept or read.

The news was released after a congressional group approved legislation that may restrict the ability of large technology companies to acquire competitors, thereby restricting competition.

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