Google will be releasing end-to-end encryption for Android users, which will make it very difficult for anyone, including the government, to read the users messages.
Drew Rowny, Google’s product ladder said about the release that, “End-to-end encryption ensures that no one, including Google and third parties, can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you’re messaging.”
This is a part of an upgrade that goes from SMS to RCS which is the Rich Communication Services, which also includes images and videos.
This will be beneficial for a users privacy and security but law enforcement agencies believe that it will allow criminals to be able to hide their tracks.
Although, digital rights activists believe that strong encryption will keep users safe from the government or cyber criminals spying on them.
Currently, a few other devices and services include end-to-end encryption, such as WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, but the company’s Messenger app has yet to receive full encryption.