Popular Messaging Service Viber To Strengthen Privacy Features

By The Irrawaddy 20 April 2016

The popular messaging service Viber announced the launch of new features that will offer strengthened security and privacy control to its users.

One of the most widespread mobile communication applications in Burma, the number of Viber users in Burma reached 18 million in December of 2015—up from five million in July of the previous year.

In the coming weeks, Viber said they would offer end-to-end encryption, which will advance security and privacy by encrypting messages, photos, videos and voice recordings while these communications are sent from one device to the intended recipient.

The new feature will also introduce “Hidden Chats” allowing users to conceal specific chats from the main screen.

“We take our users’ security and privacy very seriously, and it’s critical to us that they feel confident and protected when using Viber,” said Michael Shmilov, Viber’s Chief Operating Officer, quoted in the press release.

In Burma’s commercial capital, Rangoon traffic police also use Viber to take immediate action against the drivers who break traffic rules, by accepting complaints from users via message, photo and video.