The private messaging arena is so hot right now that, as I’m writing this story, my inbox is filling up with story pitches about the launch of yet another ephemeral messaging app.
And it’s not just product launches: These apps are getting money. Just last week an app called Wiper, which claims to wipe a conversation from your phone, your friend’s phone, and Wiper’s servers with a single swipe of the finger tip, landed $2.5 million in funding.
With money comes crowding. Snapchat clones are everywhere these days, and while deleting your data is all the rage, it doesn’t seem connected to actual privacy. In fact, the whole notion of a private chat app is sort of bunk. Snapchat has been hacked, and developers have created Snap-saving apps to circumvent the self-destructing component of messages.
That’s not to say there is a shortage of reasons to be concerned with privacy.
Just say no to storage
By Ruth Reader