Should we expect every messaging app to offer full privacy?


Earlier this week a bunch of former Skype employees launched a new app called Wire, which offers Skype-esque voice calls, messaging, and the ability to embed things like YouTube videos and SoundCloud tracks in conversations.

I, like many others, wrote a piece about the release, noting that the company’s Swiss jurisdiction is relatively privacy-friendly. Someone quickly commented, pointing out – correctly – that this is “no replacement for full, end-to-end encryption.” Fair enough, but I’ll admit my initial take on Wire put very little emphasis on security or privacy, because the company itself didn’t either.

Sure, if you scroll down a lot on Wire’s homepage you’ll see a nondescript promise that “Wire interactions are secure and we comply with European privacy laws and regulations,” but it’s not an angle that Wire even mentioned in its press release, nor in its initial blog posts.

That said, Joseph Cox at…

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