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E2E Encryption, Facebook Messenger, and a Whole Bunch of Problems

Tech blogs were awash with news today that Facebook, a world leader in exploiting user data for profit, is introducing end to end encryption to Facebook Messenger. The new feature, called Secret Conversations, is an opt-in (booo) conversation mode that utilizes Open Whisper Systems' Signal Protocol (yayyy) for complete end to end encryption (meaning facebook cannot read the data exchanged). Facebook added a few bonus features such as self destructing messages and suggests that this tech would be excellent for communicating private information like health issues or financial info. That's where most of the articles ended, just enough info to give a nice bit of PR... read more »