WhatsApp’s privacy bug could be Android’s fault


Yesterday, we reported that a bug in WhatsApp had been discovered where it appeared that the app continued to access the phone’s microphone even when the app was not in use. Now it turns out that the bug might not be WhatsApp’s doing, but rather Google’s.

The official WhatsApp Twitter account has since responded to the issue where they claim to have spoken with the Twitter engineer, Foad Dabiri, who was the first to report the issue. According to WhatsApp, they believe that this is due to a bug in Android that “mis-attributes information in their Privacy Dashboard”.

The company also claims to have reached out to Google and asked them to investigate the matter. WhatsApp also reiterated that users have full control over their microphone settings, claiming that the app only accesses the microphone on the user’s phone whenever they make a call or record a voice note or video.

They also stress that due to their use of end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp cannot listen in on user recordings even if they wanted to. Whether or not WhatsApp’s claims are true or not, this is definitely a worrying issue and hopefully a fix for the bug will be issued soon. In the meantime, users who are uncomfortable with this can always revoke WhatsApp’s microphone permissions for the time-being until the problem is resolved.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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