Allo chat app

Google weakens Allo chat app privacy promise

The company had originally said conversations within Allo would be only temporarily stored on its servers, restricting the authorities' ability to request access.

However, the Verge news site revealed that Google now holds on to the data unless users take active measures to stop it.

Google has confirmed the U-turn.

Privacy campaigners say the public must be kept informed about how their records are handled.