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
On 15th January, an independent Internet Security Researcher tweeted:
15 Jan 2021, If you are using @WhatsApp Web, your Mobile Number and Messages are being index by @Google again. Don't know why WhatsApp is still not monitoring their website and google. This is 3rd time.#Infosec #Privacy #infosecurity #GDPR #Whatsapp #Privacy #Policy #Google pic.twitter.com/D6o1emxDgv— Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia) January 15, 2021
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 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