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Why Snowden says no one should use Google’s Allo app

(TECH NEWS) On the heels of Google’s launch of Allo, Edward Snowden takes to Twitter to warn against using it.

Hooray Allo. Or not.

Hot on the heels of Google’s announcement of a new smart messaging app, Snowden warns that no one should be using it.

This is in direct contrast to claims from the tech giant that the app would be at the cutting edge of privacy. Features like end-to-end encryption and expiring messages are only available as an opt-in feature. If you don’t begin a conversation in incognito mode, or with encryption on, your messages are stored. Forever.

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As Snowden reminded the twitterverse, all stored messages are available to law enforcement upon request. In fact, the US authorities responsible for authorizing such requests didn’t reject a single request surveillance request last year.

Hello, Big Brother

So if you’re enjoying the shiny AI of Allo, or most any messaging system really, make sure and tell Big Brother hello (which if you’ve been reading here for any amount of time, you already knew).


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Felix is a writer, online-dating consultant, professor, and BBQ enthusiast. She lives in Austin with two warrior-princess-ninja-superheros and some other wild animals. You can read more of her musings, emo poetry, and weird fiction on her website.



  1. Johan Bothma

    October 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Dear Mr Snowden. If you have nothing to hide,why should you care. Who made you the authority on what applications the general public should use. I prefer to use Allo,and I believe it is my prerogative to use it.

  2. Strontium

    October 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

    And this is different from SMS how?

  3. Jim Stervis

    October 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Why the fuck would anyone listen to someone who handed over government secrets, which American security. Zero fucks given about anything this asshole says.

  4. Lane Greer

    October 1, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Why are we still listening to this goofball’s uninformed opinions on cyber security?

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