WhatsAPP in neurosurgery: the best practice is in our hands
We are very pleased that our letter found interest in the neurosurgical community, as comments following our letter have demonstrated. The considerations expressed by Shaller and Anderson et al. emphasize that the concept of virtual communication along with its implications is a crucial and delicate topic to manage.
As highlighted by Anderson, a balance needs to be struck between the potential benefits of a new technology and concerns regarding data transfer security [1, 2, 3]. Regarding this, we would add potentially reassuring information.
The DPA requested WhatsApp and Facebook to provide information in order to assess the case thoroughly. Thus, it has to be acknowledged that a step forward has already been taken, applying end-to-end cryptography to WhatsApp messages.
We believe that the end-to-end technology has enhanced the security of data transfer and represents one of the important changes necessary to protect individual privacy while assuring fast, easy and “life-saving” communication.
Considering the vital importance of technology in our daily medical lives, software industries should be encouraged to elaborate novel systems to enhance data transfer security.
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Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. No funds were received in support of this work.