WhatsApp: Share Your Data With Facebook Or Risk Being Deleted

With over 2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp is the most used instant messaging platform in the world; however, in a time where privacy is often taken for granted, WhatsApp’s new privacy policy is starting to have its users worried about the amount of data they’re collecting.

In a bid to force users to share data with its parent company, Facebook, WhatsApp said users would have to agree to let Facebook and its subsidiaries collect WhatsApp data including users’ phone numbers, contacts’ phone numbers, locations, and more. Users who don’t agree by February 8th can expect to lose access to the messaging platform by then.

A WhatsApp spokeswoman told Ars Technica that this was to allow businesses to store WhatsApp chats using Facebook’s broader infrastructure.

A WhatsApp spokesman did not clarify why the platform decided to make the change but said it would not affect EU and UK-based users.

“There are no changes to WhatsApp’s data sharing practices in the European region (including UK) arising from the updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. For the avoidance of any doubt, it is still the case that WhatsApp does not share European region WhatsApp user data with Facebook for the purpose of Facebook using this data to improve its products or advertisements,” the spokesman said.

So what exactly is WhatsApp gathering data on? Here’s all of them.

Device ID

User ID

Advertising Data

Purchase History

Coarse Location

Phone Number

Email Address

Contacts

Product Interaction

Crash Data

Performance Data

Other Diagnostic Data

Payment Info

Customer Support

Product Interaction

Other User Content

WhatsApp has actually been sharing your data with Facebook since 2016, but the latest option to not have an option is deemed as crossing a line for many.

In a recent release by Apple’s App Store, “App Privacy” labels also shows how much data are being collected by WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy revisions don’t actually alter the messaging service’s behavior, but it’s still significant that users may have thought the company was offering an opt-out option all these years that didn’t actually exist, according to Forbes.

A level of data-sharing that some users disagree with and even fear has already been going on under their noses for years, and people are starting to realize it.

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