Munyaradzi Nigel Muchenje

4 months ago

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User Data to be shared with Facebook upon Mandatory WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update

Today you might have noticed when you opened WhatsApp, an in-app notice showed up informing you about the app's updated terms of service and privacy policy.

That notice gave an overview of the main three updates which cover how WhatsApp processes user data, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats, and how in the near future WhatsApp will offer deeper integrations with Facebook across all of the parent company's products.

Effective of February 8, 2021, the changes are set to take effect, mind you which are mandatory. So if users don't accept the terms they will not be able to continue using WhatsApp.

WhatsApp account registration and phone number, transaction data, service-related information, interaction information, mobile device information, and IP address. These all will be shared with Facebook when users agree to the updated terms.

This all may be subject to raise privacy concerns, not forgetting how a month ago, WhastApp protested to Apple's requirement that developers submit information about what data they collect for privacy labels on the App Store. There was a highlight that it could give its messaging app a competitive disadvantage.