The information shared by WhatsApp to Facebook includes the application version, battery, network, time zone, and language. Currently, WhatsApp has 2.5 billion active users and the users have shown great resentment towards this new update. WhatsApp initially stated that it provides end-to-end encryption to its users but the current integration of Facebook and WhatsApp shows that this is somehow not the case anymore. The shared data will be used by Facebook for business purposes such as targeting the right set of users for Facebook Ads. The data will be saved to Facebook’s global data centers.
How to avoid data invasion?
As per the statement of WhatsApp’s spokesperson, the users can only save their privacy from being breached if they choose to delete their WhatsApp account through the in-app feature made for it. Deleting your WhatsApp account by any other method will not protect your data. The information previously shared with other people or in some WhatsApp groups will not be deleted even if the account is deleted by the user as the copy of those messages will keep on existing.
WhatsApp stance on the issue?
WhatsApp’s spokesperson also states that this new update will not produce any kind of hindrance in the communication between people and the data-sharing practices will remain the same as well. The only difference will be made in the business sector as the shared information will aid businesses.
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
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