New From 500-Year-Old Deutsche Post: Self-Destructing Encrypted Chats

By Friedrich Geiger, The Wall Street Journal

The number of letters delivered by German mailing group Deutsche Post AG has been on a downtrend for years due to Internet-based alternatives for communication. But half a year after Facebook Inc. agreed to acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion, the former state monopoly, now a private company, has entered the market with the launch of its own free messaging app, SIMSme.

SIMSme’s advantage: Messages are safe from snooping, the company says.

“All messages are automatically encrypted by the sender and can only be decrypted by the recipient,” said Deutsche Post.

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