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Security industry types and leaker Edward Snowden have rubbished new Google instant messenger app Allo after its lead product engineer revealed it would not run end-to-end encryption by default. The text-based messaging service launched at Google's I/O 2016 gabfest last week is linked to phone numbers and sports Chrome's porn …

  1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    Yeah, and I am the tooth fairy

    Google deliberately sabotaged end-to-end IM encryption for years.

    It continues to ship google talk aka hangouts clients on Android and in their Chrome browser that are not just "not enabled", they are outright hostile to OTR2 forcing people to turn it off or make it not enabled by default. It has been doing this for 5+ years now too.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Did you really expect anything else?

    Come on, it's Google.

    Their very business is taking your data, so I have no idea why anyone would have expected they would lock themselves out.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This message will self destruct in 10 seconds

    Google have said that people don't really want end-to-end encryption, they want "disappearing" messages.

    As if they're even comparable. The former fundamentally limits knowledge in a system based on mathematics, the latter is just a piece of theatre; a magic trick.

    Google's anti-privacy propaganda might be working, since I've heard people say "loss of privacy is the cost of receiving better services". (paraphrased)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Terrorists rejoyce

    After all, those are the only people that need encryption.

    Google arent interested if I need to buy bananas at Morrison's

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