April 06, 2016

Wyden Statement on WhatsApp Implementing End-to-End Encryption

Washington, D.C. –Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., issued the following statement about WhatsApp’s announcement it will upgrade security for millions of people who use its messaging app:

“This is a significant step to strengthen online security for millions of people worldwide. Consumers are demanding the best possible security for their digital communications and WhatsApp is just the latest company moving to meet that demand. This is especially important for human rights activists, political dissidents and persecuted minorities around the world,” Wyden said.

“While some continue to spread fear about modern technology, the fact is strong encryption is essential to Americans’ individual security. If American companies don’t provide these services, there are already hundreds of foreign encryption products available online. While law-enforcement agencies have legitimate concerns about challenges caused by encryption, the solution is to adapt, by developing new techniques and resources for the digital age. Attacking the use of strong encryption only empowers criminals, foreign hackers and predators who will take advantage of weak digital security.”