The popular mobile application, WhatsApp, is updating its terms and conditions which will require users to share personal data with its parent company, Facebook.
- Will WhatsApp share personal chats with Facebook?
The answer is NO because the messages are end-to-end encrypted. Once the message is delivered, it gets deleted from WhatsApp’s server unless it’s a media file (pictures, videos, documents, links). This means that WhatsApp cannot read chats/messages and therefore will not be sharing it with Facebook.
- What information will be collected and shared with Facebook?
WhatsApp will share with the following information with Facebook:
- Device details
- IP Address
- Information on when a user registered on WhatsApp
- WhatsApp features being used by a user (i.e. messages, status update, groups, broadcast lists, payments etc)
- Log files (when a user logged in and out)
- Interactions (how many times user A interacted with user B)
In short, WhatsApp will share everything other than your messages with Facebook.
- Does this mean WhatsApp will show 3rd party ads or any ads?
These privacy policies will be effective from 8 February 2021, and any user who has not agreed to the new terms will no longer be able to use the WhatsApp messaging service.