Monday, 24 September, 2018

After Facebook Data Leaks, WhatsApp Assures Users 'Very Little Data' Is Collected

Events API After Facebook Data Leaks, WhatsApp Assures Users 'Very Little Data' Is Collected
Sherri Watson | 12 April, 2018, 10:27

And according to the WhatsApp terms - which, let's face it, all of us say "Agree" to without reading - the information collected is shared with third-party service providers, including Facebook. And to save itself from any backlash, Facebook-owned WhatsApp came forward and said that it collects "very little data" of its users and "every message is end-to-end encrypted".

WhatsApp, one of the new entrants in India's payments market, has said it may share customers' payments data with its parent Facebook, at a time when the latter, is dealing with questions about how it uses customer data. The company also said that we are not keeping track of the friends and family you have messaged, a WhatsApp spokesperson told News Agencies.

Noting that nearly one-quarter or more of the world's population is using WhatApp for free, eminent New York-based attorney Ravi Batra said that it makes money by harvesting user data and using it in conjunction with others including Facebook. WhatsApp was last seen testing payment services using UPI (Unified Payment Interface) in February in India, the payment service is actually planned to launch for the users later this year and is now out as beta for a limited set of users.

The company has also clarified that their group messaging feature is as secure than any other messaging apps. All members of the group can be seen along with their phone numbers and name. "We make it easy to leave a group or block unwanted messages with one tap".

It should be noted that WhatsApp introduced end-to-end encryption across the app in April 2016.

Now seeing the recent worldwide criticism, WhatsApp data share with Facebook adds another thread to the month-long tirade. Users have the option of turning off this feature.

The popular messaging platform, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, has 1.5 billion users globally and is one of the most popular mediums of instant messaging in India.

WhatsApp also responded to reports that groups might not be as secure and denied this was true.

While user privacy on internet has always been a key concern for many, it has now become a cause of worry after the disclosure of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Signal is another messaging app with an emphasis on privacy. This is despite some experts who claim that WhatsApp keeps track of user messages.