The company can’t access user data even if it wanted to.Crucially – and this is the bit to pay attention to – law enforcement agencies who turn up at its offices can’t either. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via Whats App private, sort of like a face-to-face conversation.” In addition to video calls, Whats App users now enjoy this security feature for messaging and phone calls too.Similar apps including Tango and Line are still available in the country.
Facebook has just announced its video chat service, though it’s officially named Video Calling.
Presumably that gives it a bit more cachet than a mere “chat” service.
It threatened that any other app that fails to comply with those regulations will also be banned.
““Appropriate action will be taken against applications or services that do not comply with the regulations,” a spokesman at the commission told Arab News.
Saudi Arabia, which had already blocked features of most chat apps, has moved to block Facebook Messenger.
The app’s video and voice chat functions, along with similar service imo, now can’t be used in the country because of “regulations”.It isn’t clear exactly why the features have been blocked in the country.But local reports have speculated that it is a way of protecting the revenues of traditional telecoms companies.The latest bit of Whats App to get the security makeover is face-to-face video calling, a new feature being added to the program in a global roll-out from this week.So why has encryption suddenly become so important to everyone?In the meantime, don’t let your guard down just because you’re video calling directly from Facebook, where you’re used to having fun. And watch out for calls from hijacked accounts, or from borderline “friends”, just as you ought to do via any other messaging service, including email.