According to computer security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, a security flaw is currently affecting the web version of WhatsApp. For some reason, Google is able to index user numbers and messages on its search engine. As the researcher recalls, this is the third time that personal data is found on Google.
Remember, yet another scandal hit WhatsApp in June 2020. Due to a bug related to the contact card sharing feature, the cell phone numbers of WhatsApp users were indexed on Google. This problem has affected thousands of users around the world, including French people.
However, and according to computer researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharian, WhatsApp is the victim of a bug having the effect of identical results. According to his information, several phone numbers and messages are accessible on Google. In a series of tweets, the expert explains that only the web version of WhatsApp seems to be affected by this privacy issue.
No reaction from WhatsApp or Google
According to him, there is a concern on the side of the WhatsApp tools which are supposed to prevent the indexing of data by Google. Nevertheless, the researcher confirms that this data should not end up on Google, even in the event of a failure at WhatsApp. In fact, he assures us that there is also an error on Google’s side.
Cherry on the cake, WhatsApp does not monitor the data that gets indexed on the search engine. In other words, this data could remain online for a while without the discovery of the researcher. For now, neither Google nor WhatsApp have officially responded to the problem.
WhatsApp clearly didn’t need that
As a reminder, this new confidentiality issue arises as WhatsApp has been caught in a real tidal wave since the announcement of its new general conditions of use. From now on, the service will be able to share certain personal data with Facebook, its parent company.