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WhatsApp for Desktop Beta Gets Request Account Info Option

Since WhatsApp is the single biggest messaging platform in the world right now, many users would want to know how much data they have on them. Its ownership by Meta creates an even bigger cause for concern because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up increasing the chances that something untoward may very well be occurring. In an attempt to improve transparency, WhatsApp has started offering users the option to request all of the information the company has regarding their accounts.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that WhatsApp is not exactly doing this out of the goodness of its heart. European privacy regulations that are collectively known as GDRP have necessitated this change, and while the app has allowed users to request information through the app for quite some time now, the same feature was not offered to desktop users.

It turns out that beta testers for WhatsApp have noticed an upcoming change that will finally bring this feature for desktop users as well. WhatsApp is clearly trying to turn their desktop app into a more convenient option that incorporates all of the features that make the app so popular, and this another step that suggests that with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Users will be able to find out what information WhatsApp has regarding their activities, their chosen settings for privacy, what device they use as well as their list of contacts. This change is definitely going to help users trust WhatsApp more, but in spite of the fact that this is the case we will have to wait for it to get rolled out because it is currently only available for Beta Testers.

This reveals just how useful government oversight can be, because it forces companies to operate in a much more ethical manner. Without this oversight, chances are slim that WhatsApp would have taken the initiative itself, especially since so many users did not know how often it violated their privacy at all.


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