IMPORTANT — You must accept it before February 8; otherwise, your account will be DELETED.
— palak (@impalaklive)
January 6, 2021
But even that phrase has now disappeared from their site. Things have changed over time and due to the circumstance. The update applies to every country in the world. WhatsApp will now be able to share your data with Facebook-related companies, including your phone number and other contact information, your name, profile picture, status, and various diagnostic data that has been collected in application logs.
WhatsApp and Cost-Effectiveness versus Data Protection
“Information we share with other Facebook entities includes account registration information (such as your phone number), transaction data, information related to (sic) services, information about how you interact with others, including businesses, when you use our Services, information about your mobile device, your IP address,” WhatsApp states in its FAQs.
Like Telegram before it, WhatsApp faces the dilemma of cost-effectiveness versus a great user experience. Encrypted conversations and respecting the user’s privacy comes at a price. Both WhatsApp and Facebook want us to pay that price indirectly.
With this new update, Facebook can develop a comprehensive offering to further its strategy of transforming WhatsApp into an interface for businesses, managing the advertising aspect of a product (on Facebook or Instagram) while offering advertisers the advantages of using WhatsApp for customer relationship management.
Certainly, most data-sensitive users will want to look for more privacy-friendly alternatives. But the fact that WhatsApp is pushing this update so aggressively, leaving no option to opt-out of the new provisions already speaks volumes about the value the company places on these concerns.
Would you be moving on from WhatsApp because you treasure your privacy more? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.