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Messenger: ICQ is coming back with questionable certainty

The instant messenger ICQ is from its Russian owner Mail.ru reissued as ICQ New been. The service should offer many of the functions that users expect from modern messengers – but probably only in terms of user-friendliness. With regard to the security of communication, however, there are contradicting statements from the makers, which should not be conducive to trust in the service.

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The functions of the new ICQ include the automatic conversion of audio messages into text. So far this is only available for Russian and English. The messenger also offers so-called smart replies, i.e. suggestions for ready-made text responses or sticker messages that can be selected by the user with a click or a tap of the finger.

The service offers audio and video calls with multiple participants, similar to the competing telegram, the new ICQ is also intended to support large groups with up to 25,000 members. As with Telegram, it is also possible to subscribe to and follow channels for announcements. The service should also be expandable by developers via bots and an API.

From a security perspective, the new ICQ is definitely not recommended. In the English privacy policy the provider explicitly writes: "ICQ New does not encrypt your communication". In the guidelines created especially for the EU However, this sentence is not found, which of course does not mean that messages in the EU are encrypted. The provider also promises that the video calls in the service are encrypted end-to-end. However, there is no further and above all verifiable information and details.

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