Acceptance is mandatory and users have no option not to share their personal data.
“After that date, To continue using WhatsApp, you must accept the update. If you prefer to delete your account and would like more information, you can also visit the Help Center“, Continues the application.
Notification with information on WhatsApp’s new privacy rules and policies. – Photo: reproduction / personal collection
What will be shared?
The conditions, which came into effect from 8 February, have sections that allow Facebook-linked companies to store, manage and process WhatsApp data.
Uses the messaging application End-to-end encryption, which means that only sender and recipient can view the content.
Data capable of sharing WhatsApp with other Facebook companies include:
- Registration information, such as phone number;
- Ip address;
- Information about the device used;
- Transaction and payment data;
- Information about how you interact with others (including businesses).
Facebook companies accessing WhatsApp users’ data are Facebook Payments, Onavo, Facebook Technologies and CrowdTangle.
Integration with other products
According to the company, the information can be used for:
- Help improve infrastructure and distribution systems;
- Understand how services are used;
- Promote safety, security and integrity in all products;
- Improve services and experiences, including suggestions for users (such as recommending content, engaging with groups or friends);
- Integration to connect WhatsApp to other Facebook products.
In December, WhatsApp announced Shopping cart function In conversation with stores. The facility helps organize orders and does not include payment solutions – at least for now, which is in the company’s plans.
In addition, there is mention “Enable conversation with your friends on other Facebook products” (A smart speaker with the company’s camera and screen).
In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed plans Integrate WhatsApp with Messenger and Instagram Direct, Both chat apps that belong to his company.
In September, the company Instagram and Messenger messages included, Messenger allows users to interact with people on Instagram and initiate video calls and vice versa. The option is still in the testing phase.
Allegations of monopoly in the United States
Hey Facebook has been the target of monopoly allegations The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 48 state officials reported that in the United States last December, the company maintained its dominance on social media through competitive competition.
As part of this strategy, the company cited the purchase of then-emerging rivals Instagram and WhatsApp – in billionaire deals that closed in 2012 and 2014, respectively. The committee is considering the possibility that this can be undone.
Integration of these applications goes against solutions offered by US authorities, Selling or divesting these assets involves.