California, United States: The tech-giant “Google” has announced its mobile-only instant messaging app “Allo” for iOS and Android users.
Packed with tremendous smart innovations, Allo is ready to capture the attention of billions of subscribers using WhatsApp, Messenger, Line, Snapchat and more. The app offers features like “WhisperShout” and some privacy-challenging features including AI chatbot ‘Google Assistant’ and suggestion chips. According to data privacy experts and security researchers, these features pose serious threats to netizens data privacy.
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In addition to this, Google’s Allo offers “end-to-end” encryption only in incognito mode. Considering the matter, the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticized Google’s step for disabling the end-to-end encryption in the app by default and suggested users to avoid Allo for the time being. The reason lies in the fact that with the end-to-end encryption being turned off, Google’s AI chatbot will be able to read private conversation of users without their knowledge. Moreover, the conversation will be temporarily stored on Google’s servers, providing the odd chance that innocent users data might be breached.
Google has not commented on the privacy issues relating to their smart instant messaging app, but Allo may prove to be a privacy-friendly app if the end-to-end encryption feature comes enabled by default. It will not only protect users from various cyber crimes, but it will automatically delete messages already sent to people, protecting users from information leakage.