Search engine giant Google made a late entry early this week into the crowding artificial intelligence market. Given the name bankrolling the new AI app Allo, it elicited considerable attention and made the headline across all tech news headlines.
Naturally, reviewers took to dissecting the app into pieces looking for the pros and cons to give a verdict. Abou three days later, the verdict is in; Allo is as insecure as they come. By default the app allows Google to eavesdrop on your conversations, and not only that, even government and hackers too can if they put in enough effort.
As it works out…
Allo has no end-to-end encryption by default for your chats. That means, all conversations on the app are privy to you, intended receiver, Google, hackers, and even governments [Snowden actually said, “don’t use it!”].
To Google, not encrypting your chat is a good thing as they get more data on you to feed Allo to enable it to give you a more intuitive and relevant response. The more it learns about you (using machine learning technology), the more near-human-like response you …read more