“Google has received much criticism for changes it made to Allo upon its release, as opposed to what privacy features it said the app would have when it was first announced back in May,” FastCompany reports.

“Then, Google said the app would have end-to-end-encryption in ‘Incognito Mode’ and store messages only for a limited time,” FastCompany reports. “However, when the app was released to the public, it did not use end-to-end-encryption and reportedly stores user messages indefinitely—which law enforcement could access with a warrant.”

FastCompany reports, “Those who care about their privacy and mass surveillance should steer clear of the app, Edward Snowden said in a series of tweets.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Privacy and Google do not mix.

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