Popular messaging platform WhatsApp comes with end-to-end encryption, and it is now looking to introduce encryption for chat backups which basically boils down to that nobody will be able to access your private chats, not even WhatsApp. The messaging platform generally allows users to backup chats to Google Drive, which is a separate entity.
According to the website WaBetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing a feature that would encrypt the chat backup of users. “In the WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 beta article, we talked about a new feature under development: end-to-end encrypted backups. End-To-End Encrypted Backups are very safe because they are protected by a private password that prevents unauthorized access to them while on Google Drive,” the report said. The feature is unavailable right now.
This feature would eventually protect the chat history from unauthorized access on Google Drive and users will be given a choice if they at all want to enable encryption.
The instant mobile messaging firm has also said that not accepting the terms will not lead to the deletion of accounts.
WhatsApp had faced severe backlash over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook.