Why WhatsApp’s New Privacy Rules Sparked an Exodus

added 12.01.2021 22:44

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Facebook had told EU regulators during the review it technically wasn’t possible to combine WhatsApp data with its other services.

In the U.S., for instance, WhatsApp explicitly says it wants to be able to let users start connecting their Facebook Pay account “to pay for things on WhatsApp,” and let them chat with friends on other Facebook products, such as Portal, “by connecting your WhatsApp account.”

These may be linked to your identity, according to WhatsApp on its listing in Apple Inc.’s App Store, and it’s this data the privacy policy stipulates must now be agreed can be shared with Facebook.

Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp has begun alerting its 2 billion users of an update to its privacy policy -- and if they want to keep using the popular messaging app, they have to accept it.

Much of the policy, which is about monetizing WhatsApp, is broadly in line with what came before, but it now states clearly that “WhatsApp receives information from, and shares information with, the other Facebook Companies.

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