Amazon announced Friday the acquisition of the Wickr encrypted messaging app, which offers secure communications to businesses, government agencies and individuals. Terms of the contract are not disclosed.
Amazon said in a statement that it will integrate Wickr into its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division which offers cloud computing and other services.
AWS will continue to offer Wickr services, including end-to-end encrypted communications that meet certain regulatory requirements.
“The need for this kind of secure communications is accelerating,” said Stephen Schmidt, vice president of AWS.
“With the shift to hybrid work environments, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and government agencies increasingly want to protect their communications at many remote locations. “
Wickr touted its “military-grade” encryption for businesses and government users, and was among apps that were said to have been used to leak White House information during the Trump administration.
Other apps offering encrypted communications include Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Apple’s iMessage, and Foundation-operated Signal.
These apps can allow people to send messages that cannot be intercepted or read by law enforcement authorities.
The news comes following the approval by a congressional panel of legislation that could limit the ability of large tech companies to acquire competitors that would limit competition.