Review date: Sept. 8, 2021
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world with around 2 billion (yes, billion) users worldwide. The app is encrypted by default with end-to-end encryption for both messages and calls, which is good for your privacy. It’s also owned by Facebook which means Facebook can access some data WhatsApp collects on you for specified purposes, which may be bad for your privacy. When it comes to video, WhatsApp allows for one-on-one calls and group calling with up to eight people. Just beware, WhatsApp has had a pretty well known misinformation problem and well, misinformation stinks.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Profile name of a user's choice, phone number.
Metadata, including contacts, information about your activity, including how you use our Services, your Services settings, how you interact with others using our Services (including when you interact with a business), and the time, frequency, and duration of your activities and interactions.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In May 2019, WhatsApp announced a security breach associated with a surveillance authority. It did not disclose how many users were affected. In 2017, co-founders of WhatsApp have left the company, one of them, Brian Acton, saying "I sold my users' privacy to a larger benefit, I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day."
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
All messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted by default. Note that metadata is not encrypted and shared within Facebook Group.
There is no password requirement to enter a call. WhatsApp allows users to set up a fingerprint lock or faceID as an extra layer of security, although this is not on by default, and for iPhones only.
Facebook has a bug bounty program for security vulnerabilities
WhatsApp tightens message forwarding restrictions to combat coronavirus misinformationCNBC
Five Things You Should Know About the WhatsApp HackSecurity Boulevard
WhatsApp Video Calls Will Soon Support 50: This Is Why 8’s The Limit For Your SecurityForbes
Signal Vs Telegram—3 Things You Need To Know Before You Quit WhatsAppForbes
WhatsApp launches disappearing photos and video for all your sensitive (and sexy) messagesMashable
WhatsApp faces $267M fine for breaching Europe’s GDPRTechCrunch
Disinformation Spreads on WhatsApp Ahead of Brazilian ElectionNY Times
WhatsApp clarifies it cannot see your private messagesMashable
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