WhatsApp Ordered to Stop Sharing User Data in UK
In April of this year popular international messaging app WhatsApp began collecting and sharing user data with Facebook. The measure, WhatsApp has said, was (among other things) an attempt to “better fight spam,” in the app - this despite WhatsApp’s phone number authentication requirement that is already difficult to circumvent.
The prospect of WhatsApp sharing and storing user data from Facebook, however, is alarming to some, considering the app is only used for exchanging messages, photos, videos, and making voice calls.
WhatsApp assures its users that their messages are encrypted, and that phone number’s will not be visible to anyone on Facebook. But the company’s August announcement goes on to say that user phone numbers will however, be used to offer additional friend suggestions on Facebook.
On WhatsApp’s end, the data it receives from Facebook will reportedly be used toward a long term goal of implementing new avenues of communication between businesses and personal user accounts. New features to this end were planned on being introduced into the app as part of its testing right around now, but nothing of the sort has yet to surface in any of the app’s updates.
Unfortunately, there is no longer a way to opt out of information sharing services completely, and those who’d like to opt out of partial information sharing (that which is used, mainly, to improve targeted advertising on Facebook) can only do so if they are downloading the app for the first time.
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WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook back in 2014. This marks the first time the app is updating its Terms of Service in four years.
The app’s latest Android update was released yesterday. The most recent update for iOS came out Wednesday of this week. WhatsApp began asking its users to accept its new Terms of Service back when it was finalized in late August.Share this post
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