WhatsApp Archive

Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany

Facebook has been ordered to stop harvesting the data of WhatsApp users in Germany. The move follows the latter’s shock announcement last month that it would start sharing user data with its parent company, Facebook, including users’ phone numbers and last seen time in the app. Stated uses for the data includes marketing/ad targeting. Shock because, back at the time of the $19BN acquisition, WhatsApp’s founder publicly stated that nothing would …

How to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp info with Facebook

Yesterday WhatsApp announced a huge change to its privacy policy that will see it begin sharing information on its users — such as their mobile phone number and last seen status on the app — with its owner company Facebook, and any other companies Facebook owns. If you’re not happy about that, you have two choices: You can either stop using WhatsApp entirely — if you want to …

Encryption under fire in Europe as France and Germany call for decrypt law

A fresh chapter of the crypto wars looks to be opening up in Europe, after the French and German interior ministers took to a podium yesterday to lobby for a law change that would enable courts to demand that Internet companies decrypt data to help further criminal investigations. So, in other words, to effectively push for end-to-end encryption to be outlawed. Yes we’ve been here before — many …

Research shows deleted WhatsApp messages aren’t actually deleted

Chat logs from WhatsApp linger on your phone even after you’ve deleted them, according to new research published by iOS expert Jonathan Zdziarski. Forensic traces of chats linger on the phone even after a user archives or deletes them, Zdziarski found, and could be accessed by someone with physical access to the device or by law enforcement issuing a warrant to Apple for iCloud backups. Although …