[Aug 30, 2018]
WhatsApp has warned users that by using a free backup service offered by Google, messages will no longer be protected by end-to-end encryption.
Some users may think that backup services will have the same level of protection as the app. However, this is not the case and the reminder is important for those interested in protecting their privacy.
In WhatsApp support documents, this separation is now explicitly mentioned.
“Media and messages you back up aren’t protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption while in Google Drive,” WhatsApp says.