France asks ministers not to use Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal for security reasons

The French Prime Minister’s office asked the members of the government not to use the Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal applications on their mobile phones, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

In a circular, the agency asked government representatives to remove messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal from their phones.

The goal of the new procedure is to “enhance the security” of meetings containing confidential information.

Instead, officials can install the French Olvid app, the document states, “as the only private messaging platform that has received a high-level security certification from the National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI). Unlike WhatsApp, Olvid does not require a SIM card or a phone number.”

The software company Olvid was founded in 2019 by two French cyber security experts.

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