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WhatsApp changes privacy policy and forces you to share data with Facebook


Apparently, in the near future, WhatsApp users will be required to share data with Facebook to have the privilege of using the messenger. The app has started to notify some Indian Internet users about drastic changes in their privacy policy (last revised in July 2020) and which are expected to take effect as of February 8.

The changes indicate that the app will now share more information with other products in the Mark Zuckerberg group, including registration details, phone numbers, transaction dates (via WhatsApp Pay), interactions on the platform, IP address and a series of data about the hardware used (device model, operating system, battery level, WiFi signal strength and so on).

“We collect information about your activity on our Services, such as information related to service, diagnosis and performance. This includes information about your activity (including how you use our Services), your Services settings, how you interact with others using our Services (including when you interact with a company) and the time, frequency and duration of your activities and interactions), log files and diagnostic reports, failure, website and performance ”, explains the company.

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“This also includes information about when you registered to use our Services; the features you use, such as messages, calls, status, groups (including group name, group photo, group description), payments or business resources; profile photo, ‘about’ information; if you are online, when you last used our Services (your ‘last viewed’); and when you last updated your ‘about’ information, ”continues the app.

The most critical of the whole situation is that, if the user does not agree with such terms, his account will be closed, thus the internet user will be prevented from enjoying the application. Curiously, everything indicates that the new policies will not be applied to the countries of the European Union, which are protected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which establishes strict rules regarding this type of sharing.

There is still no information regarding the application of such standards in Brazil.

Source: HackRead

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