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WhatsApp is rolling out a privacy feature that allows users to keep their location private.

The meta owned company is officially rolling out a privacy setting that will protect users’ IP addresses from being reveals when making a call. The feature setting is called “Protect IP address in calls”. And when it is enabled, all calls will be relayed through WhatsApp’s servers. This is an additional layer of privacy that the company is offering for the privacy-conscious. However there is a potential trade-off, where the call quality might be reduced due to the connection relay via WhatsApp’s servers. This is similar to Apple’s iCloud Private Relay feature. WhatsApp has reassured that all calls have end to-end encryption and the company cannot listen in on the calls. This feature is part of WhatsApp‘s broader effort to boost user privacy, with the company introducing a feature to silence unknown callers a few months earlier.

This segment was created for the It’s 5:05 podcast