French government builds encrypted messenger service to ensure people having secure private conversation. The encrypted app has been developed on the basis of free-to-use code.
It found on the Internet and could be eventually made available to all citizens. The French government is building this service to ease fears that foreign entities could spy on private conversations between top officials, the digital ministry said on Monday.
About 20 officials and top civil servants are testing the new app. It is designed by state-employed developer, a ministry spokeswoman said, with the aim that its use will become mandatory for the whole government by the summer.
“There is need to find a way to have an encrypted messaging service that is not encrypted by the United States or Russia.
The U.S. social network bought WhatsApp in 2014. It has drawn heavy criticism since it acknowledged that information about many millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
The French government’s encrypted app has been developed on the basis of free-to-use code found on the Internet. It could be eventually made available to all citizens.
Macron, an economy minister in the previous Socialist administration, wanted at the time to use an encrypted messaging service that even his rivals in the last government could not crack.
But due to privacy concerns, there were prevention applied on the use of either WhatsApp or Telegram. Both WhatsApp and Telegram promote themselves as ultra-secure because all their data is encrypted from start to finish.