WhatsApp is continuing the initiative to share some of its user data with parent company Facebook. In a post published last night (Thursday), she states that it is a problem to understand her message and she now wants to “reflect” the issue more clearly. “We could have explained the fight better,” the post read. In fact, the content of the things initially published concluded that user data would be shared with Facebook.
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But it is not so, claims WhatsApp. Not much will actually change. And almost all users have already agreed to share their data with Facebook. The company plans to show users a banner in the app that will explain it. It is part of a move designed to encourage users to read the agreement and understand exactly what will change and what will not, or already exists. The company will also offer an update for users as soon as the changes start on May 15.
WhatsApp says that information shared with Facebook does not include messages, group content, or call logs. The change is designed to allow users to communicate with WhatsApp for business. Professional chat service that sells to WhatsApp businesses to allow them to keep in touch with customers and offer them purchases. A pilot of such a service has been in India for almost a year and has proved itself sufficient for Amazon to feel the danger there.
So what exactly does WhatsApp share? It currently broadcasts your IP address, information about your device as well as purchases you have made. But this information is not passed on in Europe and Britain, where residents particularly enjoy the protection of Draconian privacy laws. However, privacy experts explained to the BBC that public concern suggests that users are unaware of the extent of their data shared between WhatsApp and Facebook, but also with Google, Microsoft and Apple.
But this nervousness has also led to a sharp jump in competitors’ users – signal and telegram. But WhatsApp mentions that although the first is encrypted, the second is infrequent and its encryption is not enabled by default as WhatsApp says. It should be noted that there is a basis for this argument, with Telegram actually achieving the status of an encrypted application, although in practice it does not provide those who did not activate the setting beforehand. Telegram is also a private company, headquartered outside Dubai, and has an agreement with the Kremlin that allows the Russian government to obtain information from the company. A hint, on the other hand, tells WhatsApp that information cannot be received, but it also provides an inferior user experience as a result. The latter can lead to an argument with logic and even quite simply.
Another WhatsApp argument that tries to explain the trick of sharing information is to keep the app free. According to him, businesses pay for the right to use it and this is one of the ways that leaves its use free to other users. The tone of the WhatsApp message is catchy and apologetic – we did not explain ourselves properly and now we want to clarify our intention – it is implied by things. But in the end it is a move that does not reflect well to the average user what is happening with their information.