Things like messaging apps seem harmless, but Edward Snowden has assured us that there is nothing innocent about it. That is unless you want law enforcement to be able to troll all your communications.
In a Tweet, Edward Snowden warned against using the Allo messaging app. You might be asking yourself why according to Snowden the app records every single message you send and makes it available to police upon request.
WHAT IS #ALLO? A GOOGLE APP THAT RECORDS EVERY MESSAGE YOU EVER SEND AND MAKES IT AVAILABLE TO POLICE UPON REQUEST
Google’s Allo app, unlike WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage service, doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default unless messages are sent via incognito mode.
The feature can be switched on, but news of Google disabling end-to-end encryption has not gone down well with Snowden, who has called out Allo’s lax security on Twitter.
When users do remember to begin a conversation in “Incognito Mode,” as can be done for Google searches, their conversations are not going to be stored indefinitely. However, conversations not expressly begun that way will be stored forever, where they would be available for any law enforcement body requesting the information.
Snowden also pointed out that anyone thinking it would be difficult for police, the DHS, or the NSA to get their hands on these communications should think twice.
THINKING ABOUT #ALLO? LAST YEAR, OUR SECRET COURT APPROVED 100% OF REQUESTS FOR SURVEILLANCE. THEY WOULD COVER ALLO.
The company builds a tunnel between you and Google’s data centers, its machines read and log your private data and in return, the company supplies digital assistance, pockets ad money, and complies with search warrants. If you consider this too invasive and wish to go your own way, you might take this opportunity to reconsider using any of Google’s services.
The choice is yours whether or not you decide to use Allo; it depends on how much you trust Google and what level of risk that you are willing to accept.