WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messenger that claims to have privacy coded into its DNA, is giving its 2 billion plus users an ultimatum: agree to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts.
Shortly after Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014, its developers built state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption into the messaging app.
1. User phone numbers
2. Other people’s phone numbers stored in address books
3. Profile names
4. Profile pictures and
5. Status message including when a user was last online
6. Diagnostic data collected from app logs
Under the new terms, Facebook reserves the right to share collected data with its family of companies.
In some cases, such as when someone uses WhatsApp to interact with third-party businesses, Facebook may also share information with those outside entities.
What'sApp is so popular throughout the world, that it is almost incredible to believe that most people would opt out, despite the other available alternatives. The App has become the means of communication for so many throughout the world. Unfortunately, as they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Your personal information is what you give up in exchange for using the App. Therefore, our advise is for everyone to be mindful and monitor their personal information as much as possible.
Please share the information with your friends, family and network.
Story culled from Ars Technica