By pressuring tech companies to insert encryption backdoors into their software, Ms Rudd demonstrates a disturbing lack of awareness on the importance of encryption. Encryption is in fact fundamental to the success of the British economy, from banking to trading and eCommerce - and WhatsApp et al are just the tip of this iceberg.
Privacy is a fundamental human right and a necessity in the modern world. Our Government's attempt to rebrand it as the refuge of terrorists shows a painful disregard for basic democratic principles and traditional conservative values. It will not wash. We will not stand for it and, we hope, neither will Silicon Valley.
Events in Britain over the last few months, and across the continent within the last year, have rightly led to calls for a review of national security. But the rights of individuals to privacy, of protection of their identity, and an unfair imbalance between the state and the individual will have to be considered closely in any future debate.
It could lead to the holy grail of intelligence: 'Unhackable' messages.
China has launched the world’s first quantum-enabled satellite into space according to the country’s state media. The Micius
This continuous agitation by the courts in Brazil is tiresome, not only because the lawmakers clearly don't understand how encryption works, but because WhatsApp is deeply ingrained in the cultural life of Brazil. It is a service that can be used to chat with friends, but also to book a haircut, or make a hotel reservation.
Users will be able to apply a timer to messages.
Facebook is trialling end-to-end encryption for its Messenger app in a move that will align the service with its sister platform
On 25 February, Magistrate Alicia G Rosenburg signed the first ever seizure warrant for a fingerprint to unlock the iPhone
One seemingly simple update to the application caused a huge disruption across the technology industry. WhatsApp's announcement guarantees its one billion users around the world that neither WhatsApp or third parties can listen in to or read anything sent from one user to another - which includes messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents or calls.