Chats Will Continue Being Encrypted
Let’s start with the good news first. WhatsApp still functions on end-to-end encryption meaning your messages are safe from prying eyes. WhatsApp is changing on 3 major points: how the app manages your data, how it integrates with Facebook, and how businesses can use Facebook services to manage their WhatsApp experience.
The Data WhatsApp Will Be Collecting
According to WhatsApp, the app will collect “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account).”
The ‘Facebook-isation’ of WhatsApp
Deleting Doesn’t Mean Deleting Anymore
Be Careful While Using WhatsApp For Business Transactions
If a user uses WhatsApp’s payment service that is intended for purchases and exchanges, WhatsApp now holds the right to pry into the additional information about the transaction. This not only includes information like payment account and transaction information but also information about payment method, details of shipping, and the transaction amount.
No more “No Ads on WhatsApp.”
It is interesting to note that once upon a time Zuckerberg owned Facebook too wanted to function without ads. Zuckerberg was of the belief that ads would hamper a user’s experience on Facebook. But over the years, Facebook changed its operational approach and bought ads on its platform. History has never been the same since.
Would WhatsApp too see a day such as that? Only time could tell.
The Shiksha Take:
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