WhatsApp has gone through many privacy battles recently, but the app is still the favorite among many instant message users worldwide. Truth be told, the messaging app is still assuring when it comes to privacy issues.
To this end, WhatsApp has strong privacy safeguards, and it continues to expand its features to support a multi-device world. Now, WhatsApp users will soon be able to transfer their message history from Android to iOS or vice versa.
Will that help WhatsApp to retain the strong privacy safeguards it has now? No one can be sure. We know WhatsApp for its end-to-end encryption and its privacy protections. For many users, this is very appealing. It makes it possible for chats to be stored on a device rather than being stored on the cloud.
If these are stored in the cloud, they would be away from prying eyes. If they are stored on devices, malware programs will try hard to sneak a peek into people’s conversations.
The case of transferring content from one platform to another may not be very straightforward. WhatsApp has cloud backups for such things. Whether they work flawlessly is another point that may be examined again. Meanwhile, WhatsApp doesn’t encourage some third-party solutions because of privacy and security risks.
The chat history migration fits WhatsApp’s efforts to reach out to many devices and platforms. It used to be a phone-only messaging app, and now it has evolved into a web messaging platform on browsers.
If the chat history transfer comes into effect, it will be officially handled by Apple and Facebook. Both companies will do their best to assure users that their privacy and security concerns will be solved. There is no timeline for this feature to take off yet.