According to recent observation on new update feature rolling out on WhatsApp Android beta, the company appears to be working on a end-to-end encryption on cloud backup.
WhatsApp already offers end-to-end encryption for its chats, though it only limited to local back ups hence all cloud chat backups such as Google Drive or iCloud dose not supper this feature but that is about to change soon.
All chats and whatsapp files uploaded to Google Drive or Icloud is only protected by the protection services offered by the various cloud storage company which is why WhatsApp often offers a warning notice within the “Backup” section of its app to notify users of this stating:
Messages and media backed up in Google Drive are not protected by WhatsApp end-to-end encryption.
Meanwhile, while the privacy feature is of utmost importance to the tech company which is why it has persisted on its encryption protection over the years and now extending to backups.
This feature is still in the testing phase on the the latest WhatsApp beta for Android according to WABetaInfo. WhatsApp v126.96.36.199 hints that the new feature will be rolling out with the ability to set a desired password for the encryption protocol of further future backups.
Users may likely take a keen interest on the Encrypted chat backups feature for WhatsApp however, the feature may likely go down the drain due to the high rate of users clamoring for WhatsApp multi-device support option. With the present issues affecting cloud backups, it is great to know the work is pretty much ongoing.
Though we are yet to ascertain the extent of the user test is program running. Werther or not It the feature is going be available the same way as the limited multi-device support which is only available to a small pool of users currently.