It’s everywhere in the news that WhatsApp will now be sharing user data with Facebook. Now, right when you read, “sharing data with Facebook” what came to your head? It’s obvious, the intrusion of privacy and everyone might even look for an alternative (a few who actually care about privacy).
When Facebook acquired WhatsApp back in 2014, they said that they don’t collect and store any kind of data and have no plans further to change that. However, it was just recently said that WhatsApp would share some data with their parent company as Facebook wants to give you the “opportunity” that businesses contact you directly on WhatsApp.
If that is the idea behind this approach, then it seems a lot more like spamming. Although, they have even announced that they will be providing users an experience without third-party banners and Spam. This means WhatsApp will still be Ad-free which is a relief but still if we are talking about data sharing then what kind of data are they sharing with Facebook?
Is WhatsApp Still Providing End-to-End Encryption?
If WhatsApp security is still providing encryption then that means your messages, calls and sent/received data is still encrypted and cannot be looked-in by anyone. So, if that is the case then what do they share?
It is an intrusion of privacy but not in the way we imagined. They are collecting numbers and device information, which isn’t that big of an issue, but some people still feel insecure about it.
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