WhatsApp provides users with several options for sending files through the platform. Users can attach content from their gallery, send an image in HD quality or attach a document, which allows them to send files in original quality. However, this latter option may unintentionally share private data such as the location of where the photograph was taken.
The most common way to send images is by accessing the ‘Attach’ button and choosing either the ‘Camera’ or ‘Gallery’ option. Nevertheless, WhatsApp automatically compresses images when sending, resulting in a loss of resolution. To address this issue, WhatsApp introduced the option to send high-quality (HD) photos in August last year, allowing users to send images and videos without losing resolution on both iOS and Android devices.
Another option for sharing files is as a document, which enables users to send original quality photos and videos from their device gallery without risking them being compressed. However, this method also introduces sensitive information about the image such as its location through image metadata known as EXIF tags. Sharing these files through WhatsApp can unintentionally share sensitive data with other users. For example, it’s possible to access this information through the Google Files app, which displays the location coordinates of a photo.
To protect user privacy and avoid sharing sensitive data, WhatsApp users must be mindful of how they share personal content through the platform and be aware of potential risks associated with sharing files in certain formats. Additionally, they should explore options for erasing metadata from their photo files if they wish to avoid sharing sensitive data.
In conclusion, while WhatsApp offers multiple options for sending files through its platform, it is important for users to be cautious when using these options to avoid unintentionally sharing sensitive data that could compromise their privacy.