This is bad news for WhatsApp users and their privacy, the company is notifying them that starting February 8, 2021, they will be requested to share their data with Facebook companies.
According to Facebook, the move aims at improving the users’ experience with targeting advertising. WhatsApp currently shares specific information with Facebook companies, including account registration data, transaction data, and service-related information.
The new policy increases the type of information that users will provide to the company, including payment account and transaction information.
WhatsApp will share data with Facebook Companies, including Facebook, Facebook Payments, Onavo, Facebook Technologies, and CrowdTangle.
Users that will not agree to the updated policy will no more able to access their accounts and could delete their accounts.
“After this date, you’ll need to accept these updates to continue using WhatsApp. You can also visit the Help Center if you would prefer to delete your account and would like more information.”
“We collect information about your activity on our Services, like service-related, diagnostic, and performance information. This includes information about your activity (including how you use our Services, your Services settings, how you interact with others using our Services (including when you interact with a business), and the time, frequency, and duration of your activities and interactions), log files, and diagnostic, crash, website, and performance logs and reports. This also includes information about when you registered to use our Services; the features you use like our messaging, calling, Status, groups (including group name, group picture, group description), payments or business features; profile photo, “about” information; whether you are online, when you last used our Services (your “last seen”); and when you last updated your “about” information.”
WhatsApp’s updated policy includes information on how the company automatically collects information about user activity.
Privacy advocates also fear the way WhatsApp collects the huge trove of metadata.
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