The just released Google Allo featuring virtual assistant has mixed reaction. Writer Dieter Bohn of The Verge said the chat app is fine. Nathan Olvarez-Giles at the Wall Street Journal noted the debutant is an early-adopter curiosity that is fun to explore. Mark Hachman from PCWorld wrote it is unremarkable and a step up on Cortana and Siri.
However, there’s a different tone from privacy advocates saying Google has failed to offer end-to-end encryption with it.
Such encryption secures conversations from hackers as well as from Feds.
More to this, Google talks about retaining chat logs indefinitely until user deletes those and this is something different from the promise it make to only store data fleetingly.
The standard conversations on Google Allo are read by virtual assistant too apart from users and reciprocated recipients. This is also a question on privacy.
Meanwhile, it is also to note Google is offering incognito mode too with it similar to what is offered by Google Chorme. In the mode browser history is not stored. Same is expected in Allo.
It is also to note that sent via Allo are scrambled between user and servers and again between servers and recipients.