WhatsApp Policy Puts Your Privacy at Risk
WhatsApp’s new policy forces users to share their data with Facebook. And if you do not agree? Well, WhatsApp might just delete your account.
Here, WhatsApp enhances the way Facebook gets your information. As part of the new agreement, WhatsApp will share your information with Facebook, and will even receive information from Facebook.
This means WhatsApp and Facebook can exchange data, which will help WhatsApp “operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support and market” its services, including Facebook Enterprise Products.
The purpose of the data exchange seems to be related to Facebook’s plans to merge Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Sharing your information with Facebook and WhatsApp is likely to give you a more personalized experience across the Facebook family of apps.
You’ll see improved services, better suggestions, and ads tailored to you across all of Facebook’s services. It will also provide “integrations that allow you to connect your WhatsApp experience with other Facebook Enterprise Products.”
The same applies to other third-party services on WhatsApp. For example, if you use an in-app video player, WhatsApp may grant the service access to your IP address.
Worse still, WhatsApp doesn’t even give you the option to keep your data private. You must accept the new policy by February 8, 2021, or you will be banned from using the app
Is it time to delete WhatsApp?
WhatsApp was previously touted as a free and secure messaging app, serving as a viable alternative to Facebook Messenger. But now that Facebook is trying to merge all of its apps, WhatsApp is losing its appeal.
It’s very wrong if WhatsApp forces data sharing to its users. However, it may be time to move on to a more personal alternative.