WhatsApp is the most used instant messaging app, which has been proved in the recent research. As per the report users of WhatsApp has spent 85 Billion hours on the app. With all this good news, WhatsApp is also facing lots of heat about the forwarded messages creating issues, especially in India, with all this WhatsApp backup is also becoming the talk of the town.
WhatsApp has notified its users that the end-to-end encryption it offers for messages and media on its app, will not remain so if the data is stored as a backup on Google’s servers.
WhatsApp said in an update on the site, “Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive.”
The news comes after the instant messaging app has said on August 16 that it has signed a pact with Google to allow users to store messages on the internet company’s cloud storage offering -drive, without any quota from November 12. Till now, a WhatsApp backup user’s data could be stored on Google drive but this was counted within the 15 GB free space that a Google account offered.
WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption, meaning the message a user sends can only be read by the recipient and vice versa. Further, WhatsApp guarantees protection to users from third parties trying to eavesdrop on conversations, and even prevents WhatsApp itself from reading the messages.
The Facebook-owned company has denied the request of the Indian government for tracing the source of origin of a message, saying end-to-end encryption doesn’t allow them to trace the origin of the message.
The point here needs to be highlighted that if you Backup your data on the Google Drive, Google policy get applied to those data and Google is entitled to give the specific user data to any authorized body.
Although WhatsApp is not pushing its user to backup the data on Google Drive, it is a totally individual choice to opt in or out of the services.