WhatsApp is currently working on a new option as part of its app that allows users to download all their data from the service.

  Photo credits: WhatsApp

Source: WhatsApp

The company has begun to test the option as part of version 2.18.50, the latest beta release for Android. This option is similar to the functionality of Facebook, where you can download all the data Facebook has in store for you.

According to a report from WABetaInfo this option belongs to the "General Data Protection Regulation" (DSGVO), which affects all companies that owns Facebook. For the uninitiated, this regulation is part of an on-going effort to ensure that the data and the integrity of the data are maintained by the companies.

According to a detailed opinion of Microsoft this regulation is in a world where data for the competitiveness of a business or service become more important.

  WhatsApp option to download all your data. Image: WABetaInfo

WhatsApp option to download all your data. Image: WABetaInfo

The publication also clarifies that this regulation will enter into force on 25 May 2018. This probably means that Facebook will activate the feature beforehand. To download the data, users must click on "Request report", which can take up to 20 days. The company deletes the report from its servers within 30 days. WhatsApp sends a notification to the user after the report is finished. After downloading, the report will be deleted. In addition to this new option, WhatsApp has also added a transparent gray background for stickers as well as a timestamp.



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