Google deliberately chose not to enable Allo’s end-to-end encryption (known as “Incognito mode”) by default because it runs counter to their other business objectives. And Google knows that only a tiny proportion of the public bother to change an app’s default settings.
Hey ho… at least we can feel warm and fuzzy that Google said it would not be keeping users’ chat logs – a slap in the face for law enforcement agencies who may be interested in forcing the tech giant to hand them over.
Hang on a minute, The Verge has just published a new story about Allo. Oh dear… this sounds bad.
The version of Allo rolling out today will store all non-incognito messages by default — a clear change from Google’s earlier statements that the app would only store messages transiently and in non-identifiable form. The records will now persist until the user actively deletes them, giving Google default access to a full history of conversations in the app. Users can also avoid the logging by using Allo’s Incognito Mode, which is still fully end-to-end encrypted and unchanged from the initial announcement.