Wickr Encrypted Messaging App Now Belongs to Amazon

Everyone is just waiting around to get bought by Amazon.

It’s a business strategy.

But Amazon (which is effectively a private intelligence agency on contract to the CIA as much as it is a retailer) owning an encrypted messaging app creates some conflict of interest.

VICE News:

Amazon has acquired encrypted messaging platform Wickr, according to announcements from Wickr and Amazon on Friday.

The move signifies a major shift in the ownership of a popular encrypted messaging service. Wickr offers a free version that is used by journalists, criminals, and the general public; Wickr also sells various paid products including a platform geared specifically for military communications and another for enterprises. Motherboard recently reported that Customs and Border Protection bought Wickr licenses.

“We’re excited to share that AWS [Amazon Web Services] has acquired Wickr, an innovative company that has developed the industry’s most secure, end-to-end encrypted, communication technology,” Stephen Schmidt, vice president and chief information security officer for AWS, wrote in a press release.

I never used Wickr anyway, but surely anyone using it now is going to stop using it?

Even if you don’t hate Amazon – and I don’t know why you wouldn’t hate Amazon – you cannot argue that this is a company that respects privacy, as a rule.

Tranny Watch recommends both Signal (for phone and desktop) and Ricochet (for desktop, does not require phone number).

Session uses Signal’s backend and doesn’t require a phone number, but given that the company is based in Australia, which is the most anti-privacy country in the world (much worse than say, China – LOL), there is some question about that app’s reliability.