01 Dec Use of Encrypted Messaging by Uber Expected to Set Legal Precedents
Earlier this week, former and current Uber employees testified that encrypted chat apps like Wickr were used by top executives in the company for secret communications. Such apps offer higher security and anonymity standards which enable users to permanently delete messages even after a few seconds automatically.
While these apps aren’t exactly illegal, companies are sometimes obligated to keep records that may fall under data retention rules set by regulators, said former US attorney Timothy Heaphy of Hunton & Williams.
Meanwhile, H5 general counsel Julia Brickell said that the preservation of records as dictated by legal obligation is still a convoluted discussion. However, the deliberate use of using apps like Wickr to hide information from litigation would clearly be considered foul.