The WhatsApp to Delay Data Sharing with Facebook

  • The prompt still appears on the app pertaining the agreement of the data sharing with the Facebook.
  • Whatsapp stated the data sharing has been postponed until May 15, 2021.
  • Many users left WhatsApp because of the data sharing concerns.
The WhatsApp messenger decided to delay the new policy, which includes  sharing of the data with the Facebook social media platform. WhatsApp updated the user agreement to include a clause pertaining the transfer of  the personal data to Facebook.

Pavel Valerievich Durov is a Russian entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder of the social networking site VK, and later the Telegram Messenger. He is the younger brother of Nikolai Durov.

In particular, the company will receive the phone numbers, transactions and IP addresses of the WhatsApp  users.

According to the WhatsApp  “We’ve heard from so many people about the confusion surrounding the recent update. There is a lot of misinformation that has created concern, and we want to help everyone understand our principles and existing facts”.

However, upon the log in to the messenger, there is still a prompt suggesting to the user to agree to their data sharing with the Facebook starting February 8, 2021.  WhatsApp has over 2 billion users around the globe.
Thereafter, the founder of the Telegram messenger Pavel Durov expressed the opinion that the new WhatsApp policy led to the flight of users to the Telegram. Telegram has also been a new home for the Parler users, since it went off line.
It should be noted, after updating the user agreement, the Turkish president halted the use of the WhatsApp by the government officials. Many Russian politicians are leaving WhatsApp as well.
Additionally, WhatsApp representative reiterated “WhatsApp will always protect personal conversations with two-way encryption. Hence, neither WhatsApp, nor Facebook will be able to see these messages.”
The statement emphasizes that in connection with the planned introduction of new rules, these principles will not change. At the same time, the administration of the social network decided to postpone the date of adoption of the new policy in order to explain to users what it is. Nevertheless, it is pure greed by the WhatsApp and the Facebook.
WhatsApp Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware, cross-platform centralized messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook, Inc. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media.

Furthermore, WhatsApp is not a safe messenger. There have been a lot of concerns pertaining the data sharing. The intelligence services get access to the app. In addition, there has been a data breaches that happened.

WhatsApp assured that “We are postponing the date when the users will be asked to review and accept the terms. There will be no blocked or deleted accounts on the February 8th.
At present, the users do not have to agree to share their data with the facebook and can just close the pop up message that appears. However, WhatsApp still plans to share the data, but the new date for such activity start has been moved to the May 15, 2021.
Overall, the safest messenger is Signal. The Signal app does not ask to gain access to the contacts saved in the phone. It converts the contacts that you have in the app to the unique set of characters.
In comparison, the WhatsApp wants access to all the contacts on your phone, even if those contacts do not use the messenger. If the user does not provide such access, there are ramifications, including the block of making calls through the app.
In conclusion, minority of the social media collects user data and does share it with the law enforcement and with the partners. Therefore, the data of the majority of the users is shared. The only app, which is safe is Signal.
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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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