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WhatsApp declares new privacy policy, will share your data with Facebook

WhatsApp, the messaging platform now owned by Facebook, has introduced a new Privacy Policy. All users received a notice, stating that the service will now be sharing user data with the parent company.

This comes in stark contrast to what the company initially promised back in 2014 during the acquisition by Facebook when WhatsApp assured its goal is to know “as little as possible”.

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While users were able to opt out until now, starting 8 February, they will have only one solution, if they don’t want their data to be owned by the parent company – uninstall the app and stop using the service.

Some of the info WhatsApp is collecting and will be sharing includes location data, IP addresses, phone model, OS, battery level, signal strength, browser, mobile network, ISP, language, time zone, and even IMEI.

WhatsApp introduces new privacy policy

There’s also the information about how you are messaging, calling, what groups you are attending, the Status, the profile photo, last time the you were online, etc.

WhatsApp even added a separate section called “Transactions and Payments data” specifying the platform will process additional information even for payments, made through the app.

The Privacy Policy is rolling out globally, however, users located in the European Union received only one bullet point in their notification.

Thanks to tighter privacy legislation better known as GDPR, the WhatsApp users in 27 European countries will not have their data shared with third parties.

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