Technically, the updated privacy guidelines now force WhatsApp new users to share their information with its mother company, Facebook.
If you resist, you don’t use the app at all.
Give in, or get out
On Wednesday, Jan. 6, TechRadar released a report saying that WhatsApp are now forcing their users to connect their data with social media giant Facebook, or not use the app ever.
According to report, all users have until Feb. 8, to accept the new privacy guidelines. Once the deadline ends, the app will soon decline the user from entering the app again.
In conclusion, WhatsApp gives you two choices: accept the new rules, or never use the app at all.
What are the new privacy guidelines?
Only few changes were made in the newly-released privacy guidelines of WhatsApp. However, the most important update in the memo is that “When a user forwards media within a message, we [the app] store that media temporarily in encrypted form on our servers to aid in more efficient delivery of additional forwards.”
Along with this major change, WhatsApp now also requires its users to connect their devices with Facebook.
This means, all information that WhatsApp collects from the users, will also be transferred to Facebook.
Why WhatsApp collects data
Every app collects information from their users—WhatsApp also does this practice. For most software, this helps them identify the needs of each unique users on their app. For some, this helps advertisers to know which product to promote on each app.
For WhatsApp, here’s their explanation:
“We may use the information we receive from them, and they may use the information we share with them, to help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings, including the Facebook Company Products,” says WhatsApp.
Among the data needed to log-in to WhatsApp are the mobile number, basic information, and profile picture to use the app.
Facebook’s antitrust issue
Though WhatsApp new privacy memo may not be alarming for some, it could still feed a new controversy in the future.
With Facebook’s pending antitrust case, the decision to force WhatsApp users to give out their info may not be a good idea, for now.