Do you use Facebook’s ultra-popular WhatsApp messaging app?
If so, you probably know how they’re always boasting about how well they protect the privacy of their users.
“Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA. Since we started WhatsApp, we’ve aspired to build our Services with a set of strong privacy principles in mind.“
Gives one a warm, fuzzy feeling, right?
However, they did add a few new statements, which combined seem to absolutely shred your privacy in a number of ways.
First of all, on February 8, 2021 WhatsApp will begin sharing your information with Facebook and the other companies that are owned by Facebook.
The shared data will be used for a number of listed purposes, including advertising and various forms of cross-promotion.
Here’s a list of just some of the data WhatsApp collects, and will begin sharing on February 8:
- User phone numbers
- Other people’s phone numbers stored in address books
- Profile names
- Profile pictures
- Status message including when a user was last online
- Diagnostic data collected from app logs
In case you’re wondering, #2 in the list above includes EVERYONE on your phone’s Contacts List, even the ones that don’t use WhatsApp themselves.
But wait, there’s more…
According to the WhatsApp download page in the Apple App Store, they already collect and use all of the following info:
- Financial information
- User content
- Usage data
The notice you’ll receive should look something like this:
If you don’t click the “Agree” button before February 8, 2021 your WhatsApp app will stop working and you’ll need to first delete your WhatsApp account and then uninstall the app from your device.
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