The entire debate surrounding WhatsApp with the new policy changes is a big one. Where it requires users to share their personal data and communication with Facebook. The policy change is expected to collect data including “transaction data, service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses) when using our Services, mobile device information, your IP address” and more.
The new update didn’t sit well among its users where after the update was released to its users. Telegram and Signal respectively have seen an increase of 91 percent and 4200 percent increase of user downloads.
With the recent decision of WhatsApp delaying rolling out the new update from February 8 to May 15. Where the decision is hopefully for users to cosy up to the new policy changes. While WhatsApp also explains what will be collected to ensure clearness among its users. With a pledge that the security and personal conversation will remain unchanged.
Encrypted chats only accessible by user
Following the backlash WhatsApp received after announcing the new policy change. The Facebook owned social messaging app is now putting in efforts to increase its cloud backup’s security. All with a new password protected system which makes them accessible by the users itself. The feature was reportedly in the works since last year WABetaInfo reported. WABetaInfo also included screenshots of the new feature here.
It’s quite refreshing to see WhatsApp addressing the security concerns of its users with the coming feature. If you’re wondering how its users would benefit from the new password system. Since WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted.
That would mean that the chat is only visible to the sender and receiver but once it’s backed-up into the cloud, that’s a different matter. Since the protection doesn’t cover it once it’s backed-up into the cloud. The security of the chats are then responsible by the cloud back-up providers. Which was made accessible by law enforcements in the past with the necessary search warrants.