WhatsApp to Require Face ID or Touch ID When Linking Accounts to Web and Desktop Apps

WhatsApp will soon require biometric authentication to link a WhatsApp account to a computer web browser or desktop app, reports The Verge.

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The mobile app uses a QR code to link a user account to a web browser or desktop app, but the company wants to make the process more secure so that it can't be done by anyone who happens to gain access to your iPhone.

The new system will be enabled by default on iPhones running iOS 14 with either Touch ID or Face ID, meaning you'll have to authenticate to link your account unless you've disabled the biometric features on your device, in which case the account linking process will work as usual.

It's worth pointing out that the biometric authentication is an on-device process on iPhones, therefore WhatsApp (and Apple, for that matter) has no access to your biometric information. WhatsApp is simply making the change so that it's harder for someone else to link your account to a web browser or desktop app, which would allow them to see any messages you send or receive.

WhatsApp told The Verge that the new update will roll out for compatible iPhones in the coming weeks.

Top Rated Comments

darkpaw Avatar
14 weeks ago

There is no way I am trusting Facebook with my fingerprint and face data.
And there is no way you can. Face ID and Touch ID biometric data NEVER leaves your device.

This was discussed and sorted out years ago when the iPhone 5s was released with Touch ID, and when the iPhone X came out with Face ID. How are you still thinking this?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EmotionalSnow Avatar
14 weeks ago

There is no way I am trusting Facebook with my fingerprint and face data.
Read the article, Facebook is not getting your biometric data. The only thing that is changing is that you will have to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID when you want to login on the web or a PC, which is a good thing.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CJM Avatar
14 weeks ago
FaceID is a system API that ensures the app doesn't get access to your biometric data.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
14 weeks ago
What’s mark up to now. ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WBRacing Avatar
14 weeks ago
People still using that app?! :p

(Yes I know, lots and lots are, though not me and my family anymore...)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
14 weeks ago

There is no way I am trusting Facebook with my fingerprint and face data.
Do you even know how FaceID works?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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