Washington: Google said Thursday that it will introduce end-to-end encryption for Android users, which will make it difficult for anyone, including law enforcement, to read the content of the message.
“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’re messaging,” said Google product lead Drew Rowny in announcing the rollout.
Google’s migration is part of the upgrade from SMS to Rich Communication Services (RCS) standards, which include additional features for images and videos.
It is suitable for people who use Android devices to communicate.
This move brings more privacy and security to Google’s messaging application, but at the same time, law enforcement agencies around the world are increasingly complaining that strong encryption technology may allow criminals to hide their tracks.
Digital copyright activists have long supported strong encryption features to protect users from surveillance by the government and cybercriminals. But some governments have warned that this technology may hinder criminal investigations.
End-to-end encryption is already available on some services such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp, but the company has been facing resistance over its plan to bring full encryption to its Messenger app.
Last year, US Attorney General William Barr joined with British and Australian counterparts in urging Facebook to abandon its encryption, claiming the plan court hurt investigations into child exploitation.
Civil liberties groups countered that a lack of encryption or privileged access for law enforcement could hurt privacy and security for all internet users, creating holes that could be exploited by bad actors.