Published on : Apr 06, 2018
Several security experts and professionals have expressed contention about the security of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook. The doubts raised by the experts follow a series of accusations against Facebook about having revealed user data to third-party applications. The experts point to some of the provisions of the user agreement that may be helping WhatsApp in getting away with the security breaches that it commits. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 and has one billion users in India alone. Several entrepreneurs and experts in various technological domains also second the possibility of security breaches by WhatsApp.
Bigger Picture of Possible Security Breaches
A number of experts believe that the one-to-one conversations via WhatsApp may be encrypted, but the company might be mining metadata and information about calls made by customers. Moreover, WhatsApp has already made it clear that it has been sharing information about user identity and their devices with Facebook. The group chat feature of WhatsApp that allows the members of the group to access information about other members is similar to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The chat features of WhatsApp are evidently not the most secure ones and the company may suffer flak for having passed information to Facebook. Apart from the security breaches running behind closed doors, chat groups themselves are an unsafe and insecure platform that gives easy access to user names and profiles.