An Argument for End-To-End Encryption

Messaging apps have a become a daily part of, their use is widespread globally and is completely integrated into the average person’s every-day form of communication. As of December 2017, one of the popular messaging apps, ‘What’s App’ announced that it had over 1.5 billion monthly active users.1
Most messaging apps use encryption (such as protocols like SSL) to protect their users from those who try to get unauthorised access over the Internet, but owners of these apps have access to the contents of their user’s messages unless end-to-end encryption is used. Some messaging apps such as ‘What’s App’ already have end-to-end encryption as a feature included by default and there is a growing movement towards following their lead by making this a required standard on all messaging apps. The push for data protection and privacy is a needed due to the rise of identity theft and blackmail however there a those who argue against end-to-end encryption citing that it hinders law enforcement and that it kills lesser messaging apps who don’t have the means to conform to this proposed standard. This essay examines the reasons that end-to-end encryption must be built into and enabled by default on all messaging apps and considers the various arguments against its inclusion.

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