LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 03: The Whatsapp app logo is displayed on an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England.( Photo by Carl Court/ Getty Images)

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With a known love for the disappearing message app Wickr, Australian legislators are also keen on the Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

At Parliament House in Canberra Monday, Alastair MacGibbon, the prime minister's special adviser on cyber security, confirmed he had use the app to communicate with the “ministers ” and other colleagues, as did Attorney General George Brandis.


Cyber security experts have raised concerns about Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and senior government ministers sending private and confidential information via the messaging service.

WhatsApp and similar messaging apps are great for normal day-to-day communication between friends, but utilizing it to discuss matters of national security is surely a selection that they are able to raise eyebrows.

As with any technology, particularly those that allow for speedy communication, the benefits have to be weighed carefully against the associated security risks.