What Data Is WhatsApp Collecting From You?
WhatsApp collects your usage and log information, which means it tracks how you use WhatsApp, interact with it, the methodology of your interaction with personal and business accounts.
Furthermore, they track your time of usage, the groups you are a part of, its description and even the group’s picture.
Also Read: Why My Team Switched Back From Signal To WhatsApp Despite Privacy Scares
Last but not least, it collects your device hardware specifications, your location, permissions for various functionalities and even your phone’s IP address.
What Does This New Update Entail?
The “WhatsApp For Business” suite is stated that if you use WhatsApp to interact with businesses, the business might collaborate with third parties, including Facebook, to manage your communication. WhatsApp will not be responsible for your privacy in this scenario. Data can be collected and processed as per the third party’s policy.
This means that they DO read your “encrypted” messages and send targeted advertisements from Facebook.
The Indian Government Wants Answers
The Indian Government is collecting details as per Times Of India. This regulates the potential privacy breaches. The concern stems from a “regulatory vacuum” in the data protection scenario wherein there is no law regulating the protection of data.
“Also, the privacy update sought by WhatsApp in user agreement in the European Union is seen as lenient while in India it is wide-ranging and may have terms that may potentially harm user privacy,” the official source told TOI.
The current issue is being discussed in the IT ministry, including further steps to take. The government may also seek explanations from WhatsApp regarding these changes.
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Sources: Frontline, WhatsApp FAQ, The Times Of India
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