WhatsApp Web Major Data Breach

WhatsApp Web Major Data Breach

WhatsApp recently announced a new privacy policy for its users. This new privacy policy will invade the data and the privacy of the users. The users can make their decision whether they want to accept or reject the new update in almost a month. So, it seems like WhatsApp is forcing its users to accept their new privacy policy. The new privacy policy will share their personal information including phone numbers with Facebook. As WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, it has been decided that the data will be shared between both applications.

Some accepted the new privacy policy terms while some are still quite unsure if they should share their personal information with Facebook or not. On seeing the reaction of users, WhatsApp delayed it and said:

Thank you to everyone who’s reached out. We’re still working to counter any confusion by communicating directly with @WhatsApp users. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on Feb 8 and we’ll be moving back our business plans until after May – https://blog.whatsapp.com/giving-more-time-for-our-recent…We will make sure users have plenty of time to review and understand the terms. Rest assured we never planned to delete any accounts based on this and will not do so in the future.

WhatsApp Web Data leak

WhatsApp Web Data leak

On 15th January, an independent Internet Security Researcher tweeted:

The researcher also claimed that WhatsApp is using “Robots.txt”, it is a standard used by websites to communicate with web crawlers and bots, the current settings are on “Disallow all” but Google is still indexing it.

It is most likely a glitch that is allowing Google to index the WhatsApp web contacts and private chats. However, because of this glitch, anyone can access the WhatsApp Web user’s data with a single Google search.

Masab Farooque
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios. When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games