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In a previous article, there was a mention of super sync, something that Facebook is attempting now. Sooner or later, all of Facebook’s services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, will serve as united identifiers of user data. While this will give you a superb synchronized experience, it’s also going to come at a cost.
What Does the Updated Policy of WhatsApp Say?
“We collect device and connection-specific information when you install, access, or use our Services. This includes information such as hardware model, operating system information, battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).”
The data also includes location, how you use WhatsApp, and third-party integration (like sharing a YouTube video). It even says if you backup your chats to Drive or iCloud, the backed-up chats go under Google and Apple‘s privacy policies. Simply put, WhatsApp isn’t accountable for how you use third-party integration.
Facebook, WhatsApp, And Privacy
Having read the above policy will probably make you think twice before handing over all that data for a messaging service. However, it’s not all black and white. WhatsApp is a part of Facebook and most of the collected data is actually needed for the app to function. Another thing to note here is that WhatsApp is providing a whole new level of integration and convenience.
If you think about it, you’d be providing the same info in pieces to different apps for different functions. With WhatsApp, you can do it all in one place. The difference between Signal and WhatsApp is that the latter is now willing to use your data for a more “personalized” experience or to put it simply, target ads.