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Google Messages is gearing up to adopt the MLS specification

Published on 2024-07-06

Google Messages app is gearing up to adopt the specification called Message Layer Security (MLS), which enables practical interoperability among messaging services and platforms.

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) prevents third-party access to communications that users have on services like WhatsApp, Messenger, or Telegram. However, this protection complicates interoperability between applications.

The company believes that standardization is necessary that does not increase implementation costs and allows the maintenance of advanced messaging functions, such as encrypted group conversations, without compromising their security.

Thus, it announced last year that it planned to incorporate the RFC 9420 MLS specification into its messaging app, a technology "flexible enough to allow providers to address emerging threats to user privacy and security," as it advanced then.

This standard, which is being developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and promises to keep messages encrypted end-to-end safe across all applications and platforms, has begun to appear in Google's messaging app.

This was discovered by Android Authority in some strings of its service programming code, which suggest Google's intention to make the MLS protocol the default security layer for the messaging service.

By doing this, Google will enhance user privacy, and users will be more aware and informed about the potential risks of not having MLS as the default security system, as pointed out by the media.

This move also meets the EU's demands to promote interoperability through the Digital Markets Act (DMA).


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