This data might not include text messages, multimedia messages, voice calls, or voice notes as the chat function is end-to-end (e2e) encrypted, as per the developer. It means that nobody, not even WhatsApp can view the private messaging between users. Number of controversies have placed Facebook in the crosshairs of US government. The Federal Trade Commission has also accused the tech giant of making profits by compromising user’s data. The tech giant has to clarify about the practice of users’ personal data before 31st January 2021.
Meanwhile, users of the popular messaging service have been criticizing the platform for betraying their trust. Here are 5 major reasons why they have decided to say good bye to WhatsApp:
New goals of WhatApp require the collection of some sensitive data from users. This data may exceed the constraints of the messaging application and include other technical information from the entire handset.
Data WhatsApp Is Sharing With Facebook
WhatsApp has expanded on its collection and handling of user data on its official website. There is also a new section named Transactions and Payments Data which specifies that the platform will collect additional information about payments and transactions. This information may include the user’s transaction method, shipping address, and transaction amount.
This lack of transparency from the tech giant had earlier forced the EU to implement General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for online platforms.
The regulations bind e-commerce giants and other websites to disclose in detail their mechanism and purpose of collecting users’ data. Due to this law, no online platform can take user data from EU citizens without permission. Such is not the case with the US, so US citizens preferred to abandon WhatsApp and try using alternative messaging apps. One of the most wanted men by the most powerful government advocated normalizing Signal messaging app in regards to privacy
WhatsApp basically forged an agreement with its users about sharing the data it already collects from the user’s device. Besides the Transaction and Payments info, it also fetches location data, IP address, signal strength, operating system, cell phone model, battery status, about info, group details, and more.
Integrating Three Platforms In To One
WhatsApp has never been a profit-making app under Facebook because it removed the $1 price tag after acquiring it in 2014. Therefore, the plan was to integrate it with those who already make money for Zuckerberg.
Targeted Ads on WhatsApp
WhatsApp will make money by studying the collected data and create ads according to that. The information user provides to Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram will be useful for the tech giant to formulate a strategy that which user should receive which kind of ad. The collected data often reveals the interests, bank balance, contacts, and other vital information which FB can use to manipulate users’ decision. The platform wants to show that exact kind of ad in which a user would be interested in making a transaction.
It is also likely that users will also receive marketing alerts about other FB products and services.
Deleting WhatsApp Will Not Protect The Data
If users think that they can just delete the app and get rid of all the worries then they are in for some bad news. Facebook has controlled WhatsApp for 6 years and most probably have everything they need by now.
As far as the update notification is concerned, it came after the controversies got intense. Facebook is accused of thwarting its rivals and enforcing monopoly in an industry where there could have been a healthy competition.
As a result, more and more people started joining the same network which ultimately increased big data. The mass user data remains inside the platform forever unless they use the in-app delete account feature. Similar is the case with WhatsApp, to permanently cut ties from the messaging app:
- Open WhatsApp
- Tap ‘More Options’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘Account’ > ‘Delete My Account’
- Enter the registered phone number in the international format and tap ‘Delete My Account’
- Choose a reason for deleting your WhatsApp account
- Tap ‘Delete My Account’