Is WhatsApp HIPAA compliant?

George Davidson
Nov 11, 2020

No, Whatsapp is not HIPAA compliant. Although it is encrypted end to end, it doesn’t offer a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). WhatsApp shouldn’t be used for communicating protected health information (PHI).

WhatsApp is one of the most used text messaging apps in the world. After it was bought by Facebook, various security measures such as end-to-end encryption were added. However, in the current version, WhatsApp cannot become HIPAA compliant but there is a possibility for it to be HIPAA compliant technically. Access controls, possibly a BAA and audit controls would be needed for starters, for WhatsApp to become HIPAA compliant. The lack of a signed Businesses Association Agreement overrides all of the security features required for a tool to become HIPAA compliant. WhatsApp shouldn't be used to communicating PHI since it has a probability of breaking the HIPAA rules.

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WhatsApp is a popular messaging app used by millions around the globe. It can be used for texting, sharing images, and making phone and video calls.

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