Surveillance drives South Koreans to encrypted messaging apps


Two weeks ago, Kakao Talk in South Korea users got an unpleasant surprise. After months of enduring public criticism, President Park Guen-Hye announced a crackdown on any messages deemed as insulting to her or generally rumor-mongering — including private messages sent through Kakao Talk, a Korean messaging app akin to WhatsApp or iMessage. Prosecutors began actively monitoring the service for violations, promising punishment for anyone spreading inappropriate content.