It was once one of the most secure messaging systems in the world, now it can’t get out of the public outrage of policy changes.
There is no middle ground on the changes, which will take effect on February 8, although they can now skip the warning, in less than a month there will be only one option, consent remains if they want to continue using the app.
While many would accept seemingly innocent changes without much thought, a little closer look reveals that they agree that WhatsApp may share their data with Facebook and other members of the group, as well as third parties. Fortunately, in the EU, the GDPR limits such business objectives, which means that they can only be used to develop the WhatsApp platform.
While we could say that all this is necessary because Facebook wants to bring its messaging services under one umbrella, it would certainly be good to use data such as account information, financial transactions (WhatsApp Pay) or just the names of users for business purposes. , profile picture, status entries, contact and mobile data. Although WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, meaning that even the operator cannot see the content of message exchanges between users, the metadata that appears is a data asset that would do a lot to boost Facebook’s advertising service.
Despite widespread outrage, there is little chance that WhatsApp will undo the announced changes, or at least give users who have migrated en masse to other, lesser-known platforms, Telegram and This is evident in the outstanding download numbers of Signal applications.
WhatsApp was also forced to respond to this, to save what could be saved, so it tried to clarify the situation with the help of an infographics. According to this, neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can watch or listen to private messages, ie privacy is guaranteed, and below it is a – very short – list of what information you do not share with the parent company, although not all of them, presumably about data that requires a longer list, which in turn collects and passes on to Facebook.
– WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
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