Google Messages users stumble onto new security feature in the works

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  • Some Redditors unexpectedly got an encrypted message while participating in a large group chat.
  • It was later discovered that group chat end-to-end encryption was enabled through Google Messages.
  • It appears that group chat end-to-end encryption is in the early testing stage.

When it comes to privacy, Google Messages still has some work to do. However, a recent discovery by some Redditors suggests that Google could be preparing to make its communication platform a lot more secure soon.

To improve communication privacy, Google introduced end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for RCS on Google Messages in late 2020. That E2EE only applies to 1-on-1 conversations, unfortunately. However, according to 9To5Google, Google did confirm earlier this year that it planned on bringing encryption to RCS group chats, offering late 2022 as when the open beta could begin. This means that up until now, group chats were left completely unencrypted.

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