1. The App Misleads It\u2019s Users Most of WhatsApp chats are stored without encryption, which means that they aren\u2019t necessarily private. However, the average user wouldn\u2019t realize this based on the way that the app misleads the public. Unfortunately, because the program states it uses end-to-end encryption, it gives many users a sense of false security. 2. WhatsApp Puts User\u2019s Private Data At Risk WhatsApp actually encourages users to expose their private data to third-party sources. The program\u2019s user interface is specifically designed to back up messages. Instead of getting a pop-up that asks whether or not you want to back up your information, this application simply asks how often you want to backup. While you can go into the settings and select that you \u201cnever\u201d want this data to be backed up, most users will choose one of the first few options available and ultimately end up backing up all of their private information. 3. Most WhatsApp Messages Are Stored Unencrypted A majority of WhatsApp messages are actually stored unencrypted. There is an even higher risk for iPhone users who store their chats in the cloud. This means messages are vulnerable to government requests. This is because there is a tighter iCloud integration for Apple\u2019s users and the app has even more UI prompts for the iPhone. 4. Even your Deleted Messages Are At Risk Even those who select \u201cClear All Chats\u201d and decide to delete their messages aren\u2019t necessarily safe from having their messages at risk. These deleted messages can still be read. The logs containing deleted messages are still sent to the iCloud and stored there forever. Yes, even messages you delete are still vulnerable to data requests. 5. Your Metadata Can Be Transferred to Facebook In addition to having your messages at risk with WhatsApp, when you use the program, your metadata is also at risk. When the two companies made a $19 billion deal it unfortunately put many user\u2019s information at risk. Metadata is information such as who you chat with, how often you chat and which group chats you are a member of. This information is stored by WhatsApp and it\u2019s also easily transferred to Facebook. Even worse for users is that you can\u2019t opt-out of this either. 6. Your Group Chats Are Almost Guaranteed to Be Stored in the Cloud While most users don\u2019t even realize it, when they start using group chats, there is an almost certainty, that their chat is going to be stored in the cloud and there is no way to opt out. In three-person group chats through the messaging service, there is an 87.5% probability that the chat is being stored in the cloud, and the number increases with the more members that join the group chat. For groups of five members it is nearly 97% and for those with seven it is 99%. Simply put, there is virtually no such thing as encrypted group chats in WhatsApp. Conclusion With such a lackadaisical approach to keeping their customer data safe, WhatsApp has inadvertently put many people\u2019s private information at risk. While the company has tried to convince the public that third parties can\u2019t access these messages, they can in fact read you WhatsApp messages. Keep this important safety information in mind whenever you log on to use this program.