France builds WhatsApp-like service to avoid privacy breaches

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The French government is looking to move officials away from popular apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram — even if the French president likes using them.


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As Facebook continues to reel from the Cambridge Analytica saga, the French government is taking precautions against the social media behemoth’s WhatsApp service.

The French government is developing its own encrypted messaging service, Reuters reported Monday. The goal is to alleviate concerns about privacy breaches, which could result in the leaking of private conversations between top officials to foreign parties.

The French government’s privacy concerns come amid a backlash against Facebook following a massive data leak concerning millions of users. WhatsApp, which provides encrypted…

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