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WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: share data with Facebook or stop using the app

WhatsApp gives users an ultimatum: share data with Facebook or stop using the app

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging program that claims privacy is encoded in its DNA, gives 2 billion users an ultimatum: agreeing to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts.

The requirement is delivered through an in-app alert directing users to agree to sweeping changes to WhatsApp’s terms of service. Those who do not accept the privacy policy renewed by February 8 will not be able to use the app.

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Soon after Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $ 19 billion in 2014, its developers did End-to-end encryption In the messaging app. The move was seen as a victory for privacy advocates because it used the Signal Protocol, an open-source cryptographic system whose source code has been reviewed and reviewed by dozens of independent security experts.

In 2016, WhatsApp gave users a one-time ability to opt-out of transferring account data to Facebook. right Now , Updated Privacy Policy Change that. Come next month, users won’t have that option anymore. Some of the data that WhatsApp collects includes:

  • User phone numbers
  • Other people’s phone numbers stored in address books
  • Personal file names
  • Profile photos and
  • Status message including when the user last called
  • Diagnostic data was collected from application logs

Under the new terms, Facebook reserves the right to share the data collected with Corporate family.

“As part of the Facebook family of companies, WhatsApp receives information from this family of companies and shares it with them.” New Privacy Policy States. “We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, provide, improve, understand, personalize, support and market our services and offerings.”

In some cases, such as when someone uses WhatsApp to interact with third-party companies, Facebook may also share information with those outside entities.

Lack of transparency

The move comes a month after Apple started claiming iOS app makers, including The WhatsAppTo detail the information they collect from users. The WhatsApp, According to the app store, Reserves the right to collect:

  • Purchases
  • Financial information
  • Your site
  • Contacts
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage data f
  • The diagnosis

A WhatsApp spokeswoman refused to officially speak about the changes and how or whether users could opt out of them. You agree to email additional information on condition that it is kept in the background, which means none of the details can be transmitted verbatim.

The spokeswoman said that this step is part of Prof. It was previously disclosed To allow businesses to store and manage WhatsApp conversations using Facebook’s infrastructure. Users will not have to use WhatsApp to interact with companies and have the option to block companies. She said there would be no change in how WhatsApp shares data with Facebook for non-commercial chats and account data.

The Privacy Policy and Terms of Service together in WhatsApp are over 8,000 words long and full of legal jargon that makes it difficult for non-lawyers to understand. WhatsApp is causing harm to its users by not agreeing to speak officially so that correspondents can fully understand the changes and explain them to their readers.

People who object to the new terms and policy should consider using a different messaging program. The Signal Messenger It provides the same strong encryption engine with more transparency Privacy policy And the Terms of service. (These documents are half the length of those in WhatsApp, too.) Besides providing encrypted chats, Signal also offers encrypted audio and video calls.

Post has been updated to add details in the third to last paragraph.

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