Facebook-owned WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption for messages within its chat app platform and that’s been a big highlight of the service, but unfortunately this security won’t work for your Google Drive backups. WhatsApp recently notified its users that the backup on Google Drive account won t count against your storage quota, but now in an interesting development, the company has added an ‘important’ note on the website saying that the data stored in these backups on Google Drive won’t have end-to-end encryption.
As per the latest update on WhatsApp‘s website, “Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive,” first spotted by ET. So what this essentially suggests is that once your data is stored in cloud (Google Drive) then it is more like that platform’s responsibility to protect the data. In WhatsApp’s case, the data within the WhatsApp platform will still be end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp has been very cautious about user data privacy and security. The company recently rejected the Indian government’s demand for a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform. It said that building traceability would undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection for users.
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The company’s Head Chris Daniels met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad last week, and after the meeting, Prasad had told reporters that the government has asked WhatsApp to set up a local corporate entity and find a technology solution to trace the origin of fake messages circulated through its platform as well as appoint a grievance officer.