EU Commission to staff: Switch to Signal messaging app
The move is part of EU’s efforts to beef up cybersecurity, after several high-profile incidents shocked diplomats and officials.
The European Commission has told its staff to start using Signal, an end-to-end-encrypted messaging app, in a push to increase the security of its communications.
The instruction appeared on internal messaging boards in early February, notifying employees that “Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging.”
The app is favored by privacy activists because of its end-to-end encryption and open-source technology. “It’s like Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage but it’s based on an encryption protocol that’s very innovative,” said Bart Preneel, cryptography expert at the University of Leuven.
“Because it’s open-source, you can check what’s happening under the hood,” he added.