Today, we are happy to see that WhatsApp solves the group messaging problem we have been asking them to solve for a long time: to let users decide who can add them to groups without their explicit consent. This allows users to better control their WhatsApp discussions and the privacy of their personal phone numbers. We would like to see other messengers suggest groups as a result.
Last month, we launched Repair it already, A new way to show businesses that we are serious about the security and privacy issues we can solve and solve. On social media, users join together to explain why these issues are important to them with the hashtag "#FixItAlready". WhatsApp is the first company to offer a patch in response to our requests (and your!).
In the changes announced in a blog article Today, WhatsApp has announced that users can now access their account settings and choose from three group messaging options: "Person", no one can automatically add you to a group without your explicit consent; "My Contacts", where only your contacts can add you without express consent; or "Everyone", where no one needs your consent. These changes will be available for some users today and for all those who use the latest version of WhatsApp in the coming weeks.
To access these settings, use the three dots in the top right corner of WhatsApp to navigate to Settings> Account> Privacy> Groups. These changes will be available for some users today and for all those who use the latest version of WhatsApp in the coming weeks.
WhatApp users can always leave an email group or block an email group after adding them. But there was no way to control the fact of being added to the group in the first place. Without having the ability to decide whether or not you want to accept a group invitation, your phone number may be exposed to all members of a group and you may even be bound to information and messages that you do not have. not support. At best, this takes the form of a family member or a well-meaning friend, who adds you to a group that you must then leave or ignore awkwardly. In the worst case, WhatsApp groups have been involved in invasive political campaign tactics and even spreading misinformation leading to violence.
The power to simply say "yes" or "no" when someone adds you to a group gives users back control of their WhatsApp conversations and the privacy of their personal phone numbers right from the start.
EFF applauds this change of WhatsApp. The time has come for the other eight products and platforms mentioned in Repair it already to catch.