WhatsApp Will Finally Let Users Encrypt Their Chat Backups

WhatsApp claims that it will give its users an option to encrypt their chat backups to the cloud, an area which is susceptible to being compromised.

24 September 2021

It’s been more than a decade since WhatsApp implemented the end-to-end encryption when it comes to apps chats. However, until this point users had no option to store their chat backup to their cloud — either iCloud or Google Drive — in an encrypted format. According to the TechCrunch article by Manish Singh and Zack Whittaker that is going to change in a near future. 

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“WhatsApp is the first global messaging service at this scale to offer end-to-end encrypted messaging and backups, and getting there was a really hard technical challenge that required an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage across operating systems,” Singh and Whittaker quote Mark Zuckerberg’s post announcing the new feature. 

The Facebook-owned service has apparently devised a new optional feature, which will allow WhatsApp users to lock their chat backups with encryption keys. “Users on WhatsApp will see an option to generate a 64-digit encryption key to lock their chat backups in the cloud,” states article. Also, users will be able to store the encryption key offline, in a password manager of their choice, or “they can create a password that backs up their encryption key in a cloud-based “backup key vault” that WhatsApp has developed.” 

Authors also expressed their concern regarding potential regulatory pushback of this new layer of privacy, as many law enforcement agencies prefer to have an easy option to access to chats of suspect individuals “End-to-end encryption remains a thorny topic of discussion as governments continue to lobby for backdoors. Apple was reportedly pressured to not add encryption to iCloud Backups after the FBI complained.” 

The new feature is supposed to roll out in the “coming weeks” and will be available in every market where its app is operational, to learn more about the upcoming update check out the full article: 

WhatsApp will finally let users encrypt their chat backups in the cloud by Manish Singh, Zack Whittaker