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Google’s Allo won’t include end-to-end encryption by default

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Steven Sentell
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Google announced its new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today, and it looks pretty cool.

Allo even has an option for users to send their messages using end-to-end encryption, a security feature that has become increasingly popular and is the default in other chat apps like WhatsApp and Viber.

In order for Google to add dinners with friends to your calendar or suggest replies, it needs to be able to read your messages — which it can t do if your chats are end-to-end encrypted.

Most consumers will likely choose the latter, leaving security by the wayside, and civil liberties advocates are already voicing displeasure about it.

If encryption isn t a default, suspects may forget to turn it on and accidentally leave their messages exposed to law enforcement.

But those who choose to turn on Allo s encryption, dubbed incognito mode, will be getting a highly regarded security protocol: Google partnered with Open Whisper Systems to use the company s Signal Protocol.

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