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WhatsApp to bring in encryption for backup chats after privacy fears

Users can set encryption key for chats on Google Drive or iCloud to prevent authorities demanding access from provider

WhatsApp is allowing users to encrypt their backed-up chats, making them unreadable without access to a password or 64-digit encryption key.

Facebook, the messaging app’s owner, said from Thursday some users would be able to fully encrypt messages stored on Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud. The company said it would be introducing the feature slowly to people with the latest version of WhatsApp.