- First, What personal data is collected by whatsapp?
- Second, What data is shared with Facebook & Insta?
- Third, What data is shared with business accounts on whatsapp?
Lets talk about the question raised in the begining of this article.
What personal data is collected by whatsapp?
Basically whatsapp still can’t read your chats because it’s end to end encrypted but here’s everything else it knows. So, whatsapp knows what phone you’re using. I knows following details
- Basically your phone model
- The network you’re using your os your
- Battery status
- Signal strength
- Your time zone
- Your ip address
Along with all the other whatsapp details like your whatsapp usage which basically means how you’re using the app when you’re last online etc. Whatsapp also has access to your payment details your transactions.
What data is shared with Facebook & Insta?
For example when you share a link on whatsapp. Maybe a new phone you want to buy or say a jacket you want to buy whatsapp and facebook take this info to use it for ads and other services. So don’t be surprised when you and your friends see the same ads about that phone or that jacket.
What data is shared with business accounts on whatsapp?
Interesting Compariosion between old and new policy
Another thing i previously did not know is when you delete your whatsapp account using the delete option in the whatsapp app, not all of your data is deleted. Now most of your data will be deleted but your data related to the groups you created or the data other users have of you like your messages sent to them will not be deleted.
It’s obvious that whatsapp is no longer a privacy focused messaging app. I mean it’s clear that all of your whatsapp data will be used by facebook from february 8th. Whether you like it or not look i think it’s the right time to switch to a more secure messaging app. I know whatsapp is deeply integrated in our lives but i think this is the right time to take a step.
How to tackle this situation
Now, there are two ways to handle the situation. One, we can wait for the government to bring up more strong laws when it comes to privacy and personal user data or second we can become more self-reliant. Uninstall whatsapp and switch to another app.
See there are two great apps you can switch to from whatsapp. There’s telegram and there’s signal now. Telegram is already very popular in india and it’s open source. So, i think it’s time we moved to telegram asked our contacts to messages there. So we can actually move away from whatsapp.