The same has been done by the secure messaging app WhatsApp, which has now made it crystal clear in its blog that the popular messaging service will begin sharing its users’ data with its parent company, Facebook.
Here’s what the company has decided to do with your data..
Of course, Facebook is willing to use your data to sell more targeted advertisements. This is evident from Zuckerberg’s recent admittance. He went on to explain how Facebook is a technology company that gives media companies tools and a platform, not a media company itself. Zuckerberg maintains that it isn’t a media company because it doesn’t create content.
The messaging service will also begin pushing users to share some of their account details, including phone numbers, with Facebook, allowing the social network to suggest phone contacts as friends.
When Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 Billion in 2014, users were worried about the company’s commitment to protecting its users’ privacy. But, WhatsApp reassured them that their privacy would not be compromised in any way.
“Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible,” said WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum in a blog post published at that time.
Now the WhatsApp users are feeling betrayed by the company’s latest move.
However, you need not to worry about the contents of your WhatsApp messages, like words and images, as they are end-to-end encrypted, meaning that even the company cannot read them.
Ultimately, the two companies will be sharing, what they called, a limited amount of user data, which includes phone numbers and other information about users. There is NO Option to Completely Opt-Out of Data Sharing.
If you think WhatsApp is more privacy conscious than Facebook’s Messenger, it is not anymore.
WhatsApp is offering a solution partially to opt out the data sharing, specifically for Facebook ad targeting and product-related purposes.
However, the company notes that data will still be shared “for other purposes such as improving infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities.”So, those who are thinking to opt out of the data-sharing entirely: Though one short solution is to stop using WhatsApp, there’s no other possible way to opt totally out.