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WhatsApp will delete your account if you don't share your data with Facebook. Here are the details

 


If you've been using WhatsApp, you've probably noticed a pop-up window on your phone at some point in the last couple of days, asking you to agree to update the app's privacy policy, and of course, you've immediately clicked the button at the bottom to follow up.
But did you read the new terms and know what they mean to you?

If you read closely, you'll know that users will have until February 8, 2021 to read and approve new terms of choice, and if users don't accept the new privacy terms that appear on their screens, their WhatsApp account will be deleted from February 8, 2021.

You're probably not the only one who agreed to the new terms without reading them, yet changes in WhatsApp's privacy policy — which now has more than 2 billion users — are important and must be on the lookout, including: better integration with other Facebook product range, give space to interact with businesses better, and collect users' financial data.

What data does WhatsApp share with Facebook:


WhatsApp collects a lot of account-related data such as: phone number, an account image, usage patterns – including: features you use, groups you've joined, how you interact with others within the app, and other information such as: use status feature, device data, and more. You can see all the data the app collects about you with an article: "What data does WhatsApp collect about you and how do you enhance your privacy?"

Most of this data has been restructured into different sections in older versions of the privacy policy, but in the new privacy policy update, the company added a new section called Transaction and Payments Data that includes the financial statements of the users collected.

It's a step to improve and develop facebook's diverse payment services to allow you to pay for different items. This brings us to Facebook's integration of its diverse services and products to improve ad targeting.

The updated policy states that WhatsApp will share the data it collects about you with other Facebook companies, including: account registration information such as your phone number, transaction data, service information, information about how you interact with others (including: companies), and your IP address that may include other specific information in the Privacy Policy section entitled "Information you collect" or "obtained on notice or on your consent."

The updated policy also suggests that it may send you marketing material about Facebook companies. In addition, the company will use your data collected from the app and other Facebook services to provide suggestions about content, people's recommendations, and ads along with service improvements.

Interaction with business activities:


Many businesses rely on WhatsApp to communicate with its customers and customers, so the company has introduced a version of the app dedicated to business activities called WhatsApp Business, which allows merchants to communicate with users of the app through additional commercial features.

It has grown significantly over the past few years, with more than 50 million users, and to increase this number, WhatsApp will allow companies to integrate other services into the app.

"It works with businesses that use Facebook or any other party to help store and better manage their contacts with you on WhatsApp," says Facebook. As part of this, third-party apps may be able to read your contacts on behalf of the business you interact with.

In addition, the third-party services you use within WhatsApp may be able to get some of your information. For example, the in-app video player may know your IP address.

These new changes to WhatsApp follow a controversy that suggests that WhatsApp collects far more data than Apple's iMessage, and after a lawsuit filed by 10 states against Google last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook and Google agreed to cooperate and help each other against antitrust measures if they investigate their agreement to work together in online advertising.

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