Computer professional Edward Snowden has released a warning against Google?s chat app called Google Allo. He warns the public that it is not safe and if you have stopped using it; to further delete the application from the device.
According to reports, the Google Allo chat application is un-encrypted; thus making users vulnerable to breach of privacy. Despite Google?s promise that messages cannot be saved for a longer period of time, Snowden thinks otherwise. In a series of tweets posted by Snowden, he posted ?Free for download today: Google Mail, Google Maps, and Google Surveillance. That?s #Allo. Don?t use Allo.?
When Google first introduced Allo earlier this year, Snowden warned the public. And in another twitter post, he said ?What is #Allo? A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request.?
A Google spokesperson has since refuted the posts saying ?We’ve given users transparency and control over their data in Google Allo, and our approach is simple ? your chat history is saved for you until you choose to delete it. You can delete single messages or entire conversations in Allo.?
The spokesperson further assured the public that, they have other options to ensure their privacy while using the chat app. ?We also provide the option to chat in Incognito mode, where messages are end-to-end encrypted and you can set a timer to automatically delete messages for your device and the person you?re chatting with’s device at a set time.”
The Incognito mode of the Google Allo is not by default turned off. Users who are not vigilant on this type of setting may fall under the pretense that they are protected. Now, it?s made known that everyone who still wish to use the app can turn Incognito before they start using Google Allo.
Google?s capability to keep messages for a period of time can also be used by the law enforcement to track down people under investigation. Are you familiar with the Google Allo chat app? For more details, check us her on TheBitBag.