WhatsApp has published a notice announcing changes in their privacy and the madness has unleashed. Almost immediately, WhatsApp users from almost all over the world (although it does not affect Europeans) have started to investigate the messaging market in looking for a safer place to take refuge. The loss of users has caused the company itself to create a page to explain what exactly it does with its users' data.
WhatsApp has begun to warn that it was going to begin to collaborate more closely with its parent company, Facebook, sharing more user data with it and with the other companies in the group. Private data? No, usage data in order to improve Facebook's advertising services, explains a note from the Xátaca technology portal.
The eternal controversy over whether or not data from the private conversations of users (encrypted and without access by the company) is shared or not has been put on the table and the stampede of users towards other services has forced WhatsApp to move tab . And that file has been to prepare a page for their conditions explaining just that, that they do not access private information or their conversations. The problem, perhaps, is that they have added more text to a section, that of their conditions of use, that the vast majority of users do not read.
WhatsApp has added a new section to the help section of its website in which it indicates that they do not access the messages sent between the users of the platform, nor the text messages nor any type of attachment that is exchanged, either a photo, video or audio file or document. They also do not access the location data. WhatsApp also emphasizes that it is possible to create chats with messages that self-destruct, in order to raise the level of security.
We will see if this message takes effect or not among its users, the terms and conditions are not among the most read texts of online apps and services, and this message will probably go quite unnoticed. And the fear of Facebook moves can take a serious toll on WhatsApp. After all, they share the same roof.
The relationship between WhatsApp and Facebook would necessarily become closer for those who use the messaging application outside of Europe: the updated privacy terms expand the number of personal data that WhatsApp shares with its parent company, Facebook. And users in India are starting to receive an alert forcing them to agree to those terms.
When Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and paid the not inconsiderable figure of $ 19.000 million, we were all clear that the messaging application was going to bring Zuckerberg's company a huge amount of benefits. Already having such a popular platform as Messenger, Facebook saw the opportunity to achieve a significant return thanks to user data. Little by little the relationship between WhatsApp and Facebook became closer. Until the obligation to accept the transfer of data between services.