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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

WhatsApp Bug Lets iPhone Users Bypass New Privacy Controls

Here is still another reason to not use WhatsApp, a text messaging and voice calling service owned by the now infamous Facebook.

WhatsApp’s new privacy feature allows iPhone users to require Touch ID or Face ID — fingerprint or facial recognition — to open the app. Users are able to bypass those log-in methods by using the iPhone’s “share” function to send files over WhatsApp.

“We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to ‘immediately,’” a WhatsApp spokesperson said by email.

Details may be found in an article in the Reuters news service at: http://tinyurl.com/yxtyqp88.

This new bug is in addition to a different bug discovered last month that could expose your messages to strangers. (See http://tinyurl.com/y4pg4lz9.)

WhatsApp has had a long history of various privacy bugs. (See http://tinyurl.com/y2oxpnxn.)

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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