Social networking giant Facebook was recently embroiled in a huge controversy when it was reported that private data of some 80 million users was shared with a London-based voting agency, Cambridge Analytica. It sparked a debate among users globally, about how much information Facebook has about its users and how very few of them know about it.
In the same way, Facebook-owned popular instant messaging app WhatsApptoo, stores some information about its billions of users globally, which you can now download thanks to the European Union’s (EU) new data privacy rules which come into effect on May 25. EU’s new privacy law, known as European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), allows users to download their data and transfer it.
Here is how you can request to download your WhatsApp data:
1. Open WhatsApp
2. Go to Settings
3. Tap on Account
4. Tap on Request account info
5. Tap Request report
The screen will update to Request sent. WhatsApp asks you to wait for the report for 3 days but users generally receive it in a couple of hours itself. You must note that while your report request is pending, certain account actions will cancel your request such as deleting your account, changing your number or device or re-registering your account. However, if this request is cancelled, you can request another report.
Once your report is available, you’ll receive a WhatsApp notification on your phone stating: “Your account info report is ready to download.” Also, now the Request account info screen will tell you how much time you have to download the report (approximately a few weeks) before it’s deleted from their servers.
Here is how you can download the report:
1. Go to WhatsApp
2. Open Settings
3. Tap on Account
4. Request account info
5. Download report