WhatsApp started sending users in-app updates of policy and service changes, suggesting user data would be shared with Facebook, its parent company.
On January 8th 2020, however, a few users received the Whatsapp update.
After Whatsapp told people of the latest update, people began to doubt their data privacy.
The news has raised questions about how much data Facebook can access as the app now allows e-commerce and financial transactions.
To be sure, the policy of WhatsApp has always been that it exchanges information with Facebook. But there is a big difference in the new update.
This is not the first time that WhatsApp faces questions about privacy. When it turned out in 2019 that hackers were able to use the framework to spy on target users using spyware ‘Pegasus,’ it was a big problem worldwide, including in India.
Since 2016, however, the WhatsApp has allowed encryption from bottom to bottom that does not allow WhatsApp to read the message and call content.
While Whatsapp has raised its eyebrows in recent years, its last policy version from July 2020 and the version earlier in December 2019 says: “WhatsApp collects information from the Facebook family of companies and shares information with them. The data we collect from them can be used and the knowledge we exchange with them can be used to help us run our services and their products, develop, understand, customise, support and sell.”
Whatsapp deleted the portion where a person would opt out of the update for the most recent update.
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