Technology France builds WhatsApp rival due to surveillance risk Updated : April 16, 2018 10:18 PM IST None of the world's major encrypted messaging apps, including Facebook's WhatsApp and Telegram are based in France, raising the risk of data breaches at servers outside the country. The French government's encrypted app has been developed on the basis of free-to-use code found on the Internet and could be eventually made available to all citizens. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.