WhatsApp’s latest privacy feature for iPhone which requires Face ID or TouchID to open the application is not working as planned. A newly discovered bug allows users to bypass the privacy controls introduced earlier this month.
According to the reports, the users can log in directly using iPhone’s “share” function.
The users can set the verification at intervals of up to 1 hour or immediately to open the application. Once the users choose any option other than ‘immediately’, the system tends to fail.
WhatsApp spokesperson urged the users to choose the ‘immediately’ option for logging in while promising a quick fix to the bug.
We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to ‘immediately’.
This isn’t the first time Apple is faced backlash for a privacy flaw. Earlier last month, iPhone users reported hearing and seeing users on the other end of Apple’s Facetime application even before accepting the call.