Wire recently lost a great deal of trust and standing in the privacy world because they quietly sold their company and moved it to the US.
This is wrong. Wire is a company based in Swiss. Wire is a Swiss GmbH, Untermüli 9, CH-6300 Zug (“Wire”) is committed to protecting your information. Wire does not rent or sell your data to third parties. Moreover, the service jurisdiction is still based in Swiss and the servers are still based in UE (out of 14 eyes).
Wire now has investors to answer to who will want a return on their millions of dollars.
Wire is a company not a foundation, nothing changed after the new founding round. Wire is a European GmbH company whose profit is linked to subscriptions for companies and users with advanced features.
So not only did Wire hide the fact they moved to the US,
This is wrong. In connection with the financing, our holding company moved from Luxembourg to the U.S., as we believe this will be helpful in future fundraising necessary to support our strong growth. Notwithstanding the foregoing, our current and future customers are licensed and serviced from Wire Switzerland, our software development team remains in Berlin, Germany, and our hosting is European-based link.
Any reference? I just know these.
Also, Signals policy clearly states in which circumstances they work with law enforcement and Wire added “necessary” to their circumstances without explaining what they will deem necessary.
Wire stores in its servers the date and time of registration and IP geographical coordinates; it also stores the date and time of creation, creator, name and list of participants of a conversation for 72 hours.
Signal stores in its servers the date and time of registration and the date of last connection. Moreover, it has recently introduced the possibility of masking the sender of a message or data while leaving visible the date and time, sender and recipient IP. Signal only encrypts sender not recipient. Moreover, the IP addresses are still visible.
So in both case you can retrieve users identity if you are not using a VPN. Wire allows anonymous registration via email, so if you are using a VPN, nobody can retrieve your identity. Signal requires phone number, so you need a burner phone plus a VPN.
Finally, wire allows a private server instance for company and MLS protocol for server federation.