What is stopping WhatsApp from adding fingerprint protection?

WhatsApp’s new end-to-end encryption feature is surely a welcome move. It ensures that only a message’s sender and recipient can read messages exchanged on the platform. This also means that now WhatsApp cannot give information to governments even if it wants to.

However, the most popular personal messaging app on Android still doesn’t come with a native password protection mechanism. The Facebook-owned chat app relies on third-party app-protection providers or Android’s native password security.

But using third-party apps to password-protect WhatsApp chats is not an ideal situation. The platform is too personal to trust any unofficial apps to secure it with. Especially when hackers hijacking apps to steal data are making headlines on a regular basis.

Also, with Android smartphone brands planning to add fingerprint scanners on smartphones across all price range, it becomes all the more critical.


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