General outcry after this announcement, which has the effect of causing a massive exodus of users to the competition, and in particular the Signal application. In order to put an end to this wave of departures, WhatsApp has specified in detail the data that it will transfer to Facebook. In reality, it is only your dealings with companies.
Why make this new policy mandatory?
However, user concerns do not revolve around encryption. If we trust the explanations of WhatsApp, this data sharing only concerns exchanges with companies. Still very few users make their purchases on WhatsApp. In fact and as our colleagues from the Android Authority site rightly point out, why force all WhatsApp users to share data from a service they may never use?
According to Android Authority, here is what Facebook collects from exchanges between you and a business on WhatsApp:
- telephone number
- your device ID
- GPS data
- transaction data
- interaction with the product
- user identifiers
Another essential point, Facebook can also recover your phone number. This is crucial data to link your WhatsApp account to Facebook and Instagram. As a reminder, Facebook had undertaken not to recover the telephone numbers of users when WhatsApp was bought out in 2014. After a long investigation, the European Commission found that Facebook had lied on the subject. The social network was then forced to pay a fine of 110 million euros.
Source: PhonAndroid by www.phonandroid.com.
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