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Apple iPhone users can now access all the information WhatsApp has collected on them. Here’s how

The move comes in response to the considerable backlash against Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal

Utathya Nag utathya10 23 May 2018, 4:05 PM
WhatsApp maintains that messaging services in the app have end-to-end encryption and not even the company has access to these

WhatsApp maintains that messaging services in the app have end-to-end encryption and not even the company has access to these Image: Ankita Mitra

Curious about what data WhatsApp has on you? Apple iPhone and iPad users can now download all the data WhatsApp has collected on them till date through the new 'Request Account Info' feature rolled out by the Facebook-owned messenger for iOs devices. The latest WhatsApp update for iOs comes with the feature.

Though not officially rolled out for Android devices yet, the feature was seen in the beta version launched for Android last month. The feature will allow users to send a request for their data saved on WhatsApp servers. The company will take up to three days to collate everything and the entire package will be made available for download for a few weeks.

It seems like the data includes profile photos and group names but not messages. WhatsApp maintains that messaging services in the app have end-to-end encryption and not even the company itself has access to these.

The feature will allow users to send a request for their data saved on WhatsApp servers

The feature will allow users to send a request for their data saved on WhatsApp servers Image: Twitter

WhatsApp's parent company Facebook launched a similar service back in March. The move comes in response to the considerable backlash against Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal which put a harsh spotlight on the social media giant's data privacy protocols.

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