WhatsApp is adding a new layer of security for users who link their accounts to their computers via WhatsApp Web or desktop.
The Facebook-owned company has since refuted the allegations, reassuring users that their personal information and data are safe.
WhatsApp announced its new security feature on January 28 on Twitter, saying: “Today we’re starting to roll out a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: face and fingerprint unlock when linking devices. WhatsApp does not see your face or fingerprint data.”
Today we’re starting to roll out a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop: face and fingerprint unlock when linking devices.
WhatsApp does not see your face or fingerprint data.
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 28, 2021
Users who want to use their PC’s or laptops for WhatsApp and have face or fingerprint unlock features on their smartphones to receive a QR code to link their devices to the application.
According to TechCrunch, this new feature only works if you have enabled biometric authentications on your device, if not, it doesn’t.
WhatsApp says the feature will limit the chance that a housemate or colleague can link devices to their WhatsApp account without the user finding out.
The messaging application concluded that this is handled by your device’s operating system using the biometrics stored there. WhatsApp can’t access the biometric information stored by your device’s operating system.