Retrieving old WeChat messages upsets users

Updated 2018-05-07 10:16:02

Taobao vendors offer to retrieve deleted WeChat messages for 10 yuan

Angry WeChat users are raising concerns about the security and privacy of their accounts, after a number of 'vendors' with online shops on Taobao claimed they can surreptitiously retrieve deleted messages from any phones' WeChat account.

The Beijing News on Sunday reported that vendors on Taobao, one of China's giant e-commerce platforms, need only a mobile phone to be able to recover messages that account holders had previously deleted from the Tencent messaging app WeChat, which has close to a billion monthly active users.

One of the Taobao vendors told the Global Times that he is only able to retrieve deleted messages that remain buried on a person's phone, and they are not recovered from WeChat's online cloud. The company has previously said it doesn't store users' messages.

The vendor said for just 10 yuan (.57) he will send people a file that will allow them to recover deleted messages simply by connecting their phone to a computer.

The vendor claimed there was no need to know the phone owners' WeChat username and password, and the phone owner will never know that the deleted messages had been recovered to a computer.

Netizens expressed concern over the report and accused WeChat of failing to protect their privacy.

WeChat did not respond to interview requests by the Global Times as of press time.

WeChat issued a statement in late April claiming the tech firm did not save users' data for big data analysis.

The statement came after an anti-corruption taskforce of Chaohu, East China's Anhui Province, boasted that it had made a breakthrough in an investigation of a corruption case by "retrieving" WeChat messages that had been deleted on a suspect's phone.

Tencent's security expert was quoted by the Beijing News as saying that records on messaging apps, texts and contact information can also be recovered after being deleted.

The only way to get rid of data for good is to destroy the cell phone, experts told the Beijing News.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58May 21 2018 03:34:29

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16May 21 2018 03:34:29

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18May 21 2018 03:34:29

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords