Whatapp is said to be used moments before the Westminster attack took place last week. Home Secretary Amber Rudd of the UK calls for something to be done about Whatsapp’s encryption messages. She says “We need to make sure our intelligence services have the ability to get situations like encrypted Whatsapp.”
The government wants to spy on messages that are meant to be end-to-end encryption between two people. Amber Rudd goes on to say,”It is completely unacceptable, there should be no place for terrorist to hide and they need to make sure apps like Whatspp don’t provide a secret place for them to communicate.”
Whatsapp FAQ says, end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what is sent, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp. Your messages are secured with a lock, and only the recipient and you have the special key needed to unlock and read your message. For added protection, every message you send has a unique lock and key. All of this happens automatically: no need to turn on settings or set up special secret chats to secure your messages.
Whatsapp takes security and privacy very seriously. End-to-end encryption is always activated, provided all parties are using the latest version of WhatsApp. There is no way to turn off end-to-end encryption. They have plenty of added protection to keep any personal data falling into the wrong hands.