So what does new policy say? What hardware information is it collecting? What personal data does WhatsApp going to collect?. Does is affect my privacy? If yes how does it affect us? What about payments? What about web WhatsApp?
Lets find answers for all these questions!
What are the important policy changes?
What hardware information is WhatsApp collecting?
WhatsApp states it is collecting your device information such as “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).” These information were not collected by WhatsApp earlier.
And if a person deletes WhatsApp from his/her mobile phone without using in – app delete account WhatsApp will retain the data of that user. So deleting just the app doesn’t going to help you anyway. It also says that “when you delete your account, it does not affect your information related to the groups you created or the information other users have relating to you, such as their copy of the messages you sent them.”
Will WhatsApp share your messages with Facebook?
Actually no. WhatsApp remains to be end-to-end encrypted — no third party can read them but the owners can read our personal chats. In a statement, WhatsApp said: “The update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family… WhatsApp claims to be protecting user data but we are not sure how would they keep their words.
What data will WhatsApp share with Facebook?
WhatsApp shares information like account registration information (phone number), transaction data (WhatsApp now has payments in India), service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses), mobile device information, and IP address to its parent companies.
Do you get ads in WhatsApp?
The answer of this question as of now is no. WhatsApp is still ad free. But in near future it is expected that WhatsApp might get ads. As of now WhatsApp data is being used to serve personalized ads across Facebook group of companies.
What about payments data?
WhatsApp rolled out their payment feature recently and its not surprising to payment data is also being used. WhatsApp says that if you use their payments services they will “process additional information about you, including payment account and transaction information.”
Do I need to accept the policy?
A lot of people seem to be switching to Signal from WhatsApp. Signal is also another messaging app with end to end encryption and has similar features like WhatsApp.
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