- The new feature is rolling out to WhatsApp Beta testers
- You need to request for the data to get ready
- Downloaded report contains contacts, profile photos, group names, etc
WhatsApp is allowing users to download the data it collects, in compliance with new EU data privacy rules coming into force next month. In wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook has rolled out the new feature, ahead of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law that goes into effect 25 May. The Request Account Info feature is now available for Android beta users, and “will be rolling out to all users around the world on the newest version of the app,” the company says.
Earlier this month, amid criticism over data abuse by Facebook, WhatsApp had reassured its users that their data and communications are secured with end-to-end encryption, nobody in between can read messages and listen to calls – not even WhatsApp itself. The company had said that it collects very little data, but speculations suggested that metadata about whom you are talking to, and how often, could still be mined.