The Guardian reports lots of companies are close to announcing security improvements, as the battle between Apple and the FBI continues.
One of those companies is the Facebook-owned messaging service Whatsapp, which, as announced, is set to expand encryption to voice calls “within weeks”.
The New York Times reported that the Justice Department was debating how to deal with problems accessing encrypted WhatsApp data. In one legal dispute, the department reportedly could not conduct a court-ordered wiretap, a problem that could lead to another fight in law enforcement’s campaign over access to protected data.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum has already come out in support of Apple, saying an FBI legal victory could set a “dangerous precedent”.
Snapchat is reportedly exploring a secure messaging system, as Google continues to look into potential uses for encrypted email technology.