Security News Upstart encryption app walks back privacy claims, pulls from stores after probe


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Mar 13, 2022
A new-ish messaging service that claims to put users' privacy first has changed its tune – and the end-to-end encryption claims on its website – as well as pulling its app from both the Apple and Google app stores after being called out online.

Converso – a comms app launched in September 2022 – billed itself as a "next-generation messaging app that keeps your conversations completely private." This, according to the developer's website, included "proprietary state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption technology," no storage of messages on servers, and "absolutelyno use of user data." It claimed it could stand up to the likes of Signal and WhatsApp in the security stakes.

A blogger who goes by Crnković and has an interest in encryption protocols heard about Converso from an ad on a podcast and decided to poke around to see if the software lived up to the hype.

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