If you are a WhatsApp user, WhatsApp has a message for you.
As you most probably know that there is a shuffle going on between Indian Govt. and Whatsapp for the traceability of the messages. WhatsApp has a message for its users.
Recently Whatsapp notified its users that the end-to-end encryption service it provides for messaging between users may no longer work if they choose to store the message backup in Google Drive.
Pact With Google
If you think that there is any kind of shuffle is going on between Whatsapp and Google, you are wrong. On August 16, Whatsapp signed a pact with Google to allow its users to save their backup messages on its cloud server. Now message backup will not impact users allowed a quota of 15GB google drive space. Till now, Whatsapp uses users allowed a quota of 15GB for backup storage.
Messages are decrypted before save
Then what happened between Google and Whatsapp which led to the messaging platform to says this. Well, this is not the first time. Even in 2017, Whatsapp explained to its users that data stored in Google Drive is not encrypted. This is because, Whatsapp serve the end to end encryption messages between two users but if you choose to store your data somewhere else, the data need to be decrypted.
Recently Indian government called to the messaging platform to offer traceability of the message to fight against the fake news. But it reiterated that its messages are encrypted and it cannot offer traceability. End to end encryption means the messages a user sends can only be read by the recipient and vice versa. No one can read the message by any means. For the users who choose to back up, the messages are decrypted on the phone and sent to the drive for backup. If law enforcement agencies request Google for specific user data, then they have to comply.