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WhatsApp PC and Web Versions Now Ask For Biometric Authentication

The troubling Whatsapp updates continue with another one that might you pause if you’re concerned about privacy.

After millions switched to WhatsApp alternatives like Telegram and Signal because Facebook announced a troubling policy change, now everyone who still uses WhatsApp has another decision to make.

The WhatsApp PC and Web Versions now have a new way to protect your personal data from prying eyes – but they require giving up your biometric data.

From now on, if you use your phones’ face or fingerprint unlock, if you want to use WhatsApp in its web version, you’ll have to go through the biometric authentication process.

Then, after your face or fingerprint gets verified, you will have to scan a QR code with your phone to use WhatsApp on the PC or another web browser.

What should you do if you don’t want this?

The feature is active by default in WhatsApp, so you’ll have to switch off face and fingerprint unlock on your phone entirely.

Still, it’s worth noting that Facebook says they won’t have access to your biometrics even if WhatsApp works like this. They say the authentication will be done through your phone’s OS and they won’t access those biometrics.

The new feature will work in combination with the one that sends your phone a notification if someone logs into your account in another browser.

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