Just a few days ago WhatsApp announced new measures, which basically were reduced to the company was going to start sharing usage data with Facebook. It was also a mandatory change, if you did not agree to share your data with Facebook, your WhatsApp account would be deleted.
This generated a great controversy, probably partly due to the fact that WhatsApp has not explained this process well. Many even think that Facebook was going to be able to read the messages sent by WhatsApp.
Many people expressed that there is a lot of confusion regarding our recent update. Due to the spread of so much misinformation that it raises concern, we want to help people learn the facts and understand our principles.
A pause in the new WhatsApp policies
This WhatsApp announcement is important, but it is simply a delay in the application of these rules. At first WhatsApp had set February 8 as the deadline to accept these new privacy policies, and it seems that the next deadline is May 15.
We will gradually ask users to review the policy at their own pace before the new business options are enabled on May 15
During this time, WhatsApp wants to make it clear how these new policies work. In this statement they have expressed that your messages will remain private and that their new policy was designed for people who share messages with companies on WhatsApp.
«WhatsApp was created from a simple idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. This means that we will always protect your personal conversations with end-to-end encryption, so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see those private messages. For that reason, we do not keep records of the contacts to whom each person calls or messages. We also can’t see the locations you share or share your contacts with Facebook.
With this update, none of that changed. The update includes new options for people who share messages with companies on WhatsApp, and provides greater transparency regarding how we collect and use data. Although nowadays not all users make purchases from companies on WhatsApp, we believe that more and more people will choose to do so in the future, so it is important that they know the services well. The update does not expand our ability to share data with Facebook«.
We will see if all the controversy that arose at the beginning of the year is clarified. WhatsApp is a Facebook company, and we already know that Facebook makes money from our data and advertising. So sooner or later, both companies will share your usage data.