The latest privacy feature to hit Facebook-owned WhatsApp allows users to set their messages to automatically delete themselves after seven, 14, or 30 days. Continuing their ‘you should trust us’ marketing campaign, this feature comes after questionable privacy practices such as having ‘everyone’ enabled when starting new group chats, something Edward Lucas highlighted back in May:
“WhatsApp must receive or collect some information to operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services, including when you install, access, or use our Services.”
“The types of information we receive and collect depend on how you use our Services. We require certain information to deliver our Services and without this we will not be able to provide our Services to you. For example, you must provide your mobile phone number to create an account to use our Services.”
WhatsApp isn’t ad-based, so no revenue stream is coming in for cluttering the app with advertisements for that power bank your phone heard you tell the good lady about (Go into your Google/Apple account privacy setting to change this). Instead, it appears that WhatsApp leaves out the good bits on the FAQ which again leads people to believe WhatsApp scams are a thing when it comes to your information. Using a VPN is a great way to hide your IP address and your browsing history, here are some that we can recommend for all devices.