Amazon said Friday it was acquiring the encrypted messaging app Wickr which offers secure communications for businesses, government agencies, and individuals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
AWS will continue to offer Wickr services including end-to-end encrypted communications which meet certain regulatory requirements.
“The need for this type of secure communications is accelerating,” said AWS vice president Stephen Schmidt
“With the move to hybrid work environments, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises and government agencies have a growing desire to protect their communications across many remote locations.”
These apps can allow people to send messages which cannot be intercepted or read by law enforcement authorities.
The news comes following a congressional panel’s approval of legislation which could limit the ability of large technology firms to acquire rivals that would limit competition.