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WhatsApp in Standoff Over Encryption

Whatsapp is the latest technology company involved in a battle over encryption.
Whatsapp is the latest technology company involved in a battle over encryption.

Popular messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly in a battle over encryption with the U.S. Government similar to the one involving Apple.

According to The New York Times, a federal judge has approved the monitoring of messages made via the Facebook-owned app in a criminal investigation, but end-to-end encryption makes it difficult.

Some officials want to see the company decrypt information related to the case, but it’s unclear if that is even possible.

Apple has been asked to allow investigators access to the encrypted iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

WhatsApp is believed to have nearly one billion monthly active users, but the Times says WhatsApp founder, Jan Koum is strongly against surveillance due to his background in the Soviet-controlled Ukraine.

The specifics of the case are not known, but it has been reported that it is not terrorism-related.

Earlier this month in Brazil, an executive with Facebook was jailed over a similar dispute in which Brazilian authorities wanted access to messages in a drug-trafficking case.

Twitter, Facebook and Google have also said they are standing by Apple and against creating so-called back doors to their devices.

In polling, Americans have been split on what Apple should do.

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