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Daum Kakao to create privacy settings for its messenger

Daum Kakao said yesterday that it will add a “privacy mode” for the smartphone messaging app KakaoTalk within the year to reinforce users’ privacy.

The company said that once users select the mode, the messages they send and receive will be encrypted and can only be decoded by users’ devices, making it impossible to check messages on Kakao’s server.

The nation’s largest mobile messaging service provider said that it will also include a message deleting function in the privacy mode, so that users can delete messages from the server as well as the phone.

The mode will be tested in a one-on-one secret chat room within the year and will be expanded to a secret group chat by the first quarter of next year.

Daum Kakao said that its server will now store messages for only two or three days, and will push for all possible messages to be encrypted to boost privacy.

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