I expect that there was an official protocol that they all ignored.jimbob wrote: ↑Sun Nov 05, 2023 10:53 amBut why were public officials (politicians and civil servants) not using public systems to conduct official business? Their work phones will have some official chat software that's properly vetted.Woodchopper wrote: ↑Sun Nov 05, 2023 10:13 amIt is of course possible that they think that Whatsapp is confidential. But there may be a more prosaic explanation.
WhatsApp became the default messaging application about ten years ago. Network effects mean that it’s very difficult to get people to move to using new communications software.
Unless all the political users of WhatsApp persuade their contacts to move, any new application is going to be
Apart from the lack of traceability, there is the national security issue. The software needs to be controlled, and the apps on work phones controlled.
It's fine saying that you have to persuade your contacts to move to a particular package, but these are people all working on official business. They should have official contacts. I don't send my colleagues work email from my personal email accounts.
There’s no way to enforce rules if they are routinely being broken by all of the leadership.
Let’s say that you’re a senior scientific advisor. You know that if you use, say, Teams no one will read the message for weeks. But you can reach the minister directly using WhatsApp. So you get with the program.