WhatsApp offers several options for sending files through the platform, including attaching content from the gallery, sending an image in HD quality, or attaching a document. While this can be convenient, it may also pose a risk as it may inadvertently share private data such as the location of the place where the photograph was taken.
The most common option for sending images is to access the ‘Attach’ button and choose the ‘Camera’ or ‘Gallery’ option. However, WhatsApp automatically compresses the image 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 sending files is as a document, which allows users to send original quality photos and videos from the device gallery without risking them being compressed. However, this method can also introduce sensitive information about the image through image metadata, known as EXIF tags.
Sharing these files through WhatsApp can inadvertently share sensitive data with other users. For example, it is possible to access this information through the Google Files app, which can display the location coordinates of a photo. To protect user privacy and avoid sharing sensitive data unintentionally, WhatsApp users should be mindful of how they share personal content through the platform and explore options to erase metadata from their photo files if they wish to do so.
In conclusion, while WhatsApp offers several options for sending files through its platform, users should be aware of potential risks associated with sharing certain types of content and take steps to protect their privacy.