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Will WhatsApp steal my data? The app tries to clarify its new data protection guidelines

The messaging network competing with the Facebook platform gained 25 million new users within 72 hours.

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Will WhatsApp steal my data? The app tries to clarify its new data protection guidelines
Will WhatsApp steal my data? The app tries to clarify its new data protection guidelines

In the past few days, due to the controversy that led to a change in privacy policy, WhatsApp has gotten around on social networks and media when it emerged that the messaging application would share your information with others Facebook, the conglomerate to which it belongs.

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This worked telegram, a WhatsApp competition service, will register 25 million new users in just 72 hours, and other platforms like Signal have received awards from personalities like Elon Musk himself.

The blow to WhatsApp’s reputation was strong enough for Will Cathart, the head of the service, to issue a statement ensuring that the changes made will only apply to the WhatsApp Business branch and that conversations will continue to be encrypted.


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What can WhatsApp do with my data?

According to the previous picture, the conversations, calls, the location of users and groups remain private and anyone who wants can download their information from the platform.

Cathart noted that the company doesn’t even have access to the chats and calls of the 2 billion people around the world who use WhatsApp, including Facebook and Instagram. That means they won’t record what you talk to your friends, family, or co-workers.

WhatsApp even launched a page from Common questions about the new privacy policy and that only the option has been enabled that Facebook servers can access the information in order to properly host it based on its volume.

It should be noted that WhatsApp accepts that the information that can be shared with Facebook for marketing purposes is generated through the “Shops” platform, which enables purchases to be made through the messaging service, and that brands can display this personalized ads on Facebook and Instagram. The company assured that it will communicate with the user whenever the company it is in contact with has saved its information on the Facebook host.

WhatsApp communication was confusing so we don’t rule out further clarifications in the future.

How can I protect my data?

Changes to WhatsApp privacy will take effect until February 8th. However, if you prefer, you can configure your messages to “disappear” when they are received.

You can also ask WhatsApp on this page to give you the data it has about you. From here you can export your information for Android and from here for iOS.

It remains to be seen whether the exodus of users to Telegram will not increase.

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