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Microsoft Launches 'Private Conversations' in Skype

New feature uses Signal Protocol for strong encryption.

Microsoft's Skype is rolling out a new feature called Private Conversations, which uses end-to-end encryption via a partnership with Signal.

The software giant's VoIP service will be powered by Signal Protocol's strong encryption technologies, which are designed to secure communication, Signal announced Thursday. Google, Facebook, and WhatsApp are other technology titans that use the open source Signal Protocol in their messaging platform.

The move by Microsoft to incorporate strong encryption into Skype comes at a time when FBI Director Christopher Wray is calling for "thoughtfully designed" information security programs, such as strong encryption.

The FBI chief this week noted such programs should not undermine law enforcement investigations and its ability to access devices and electronic communications.

Read more about Microsoft's Signal partnership here.

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