Earlier this week, WhatsApp began sending in-app notifications to users about changes to its policy and terms of service, indicating that user data would be shared with its parent company, Facebook.
Users will have to agree to the changes, that are set to kick in on 8 February, to continue using the application.
The important changes to note are how user data will be processed henceforth, how businesses can use Facebook services to manage WhatsApp chats, and how WhatsApp partners with Facebook to “offer integrations” with products from Facebook Inc.
The news has raised concerns about user privacy and how much data Facebook will be able to access, given that the app now supports financial transactions and e-commerce.
To be clear, WhatsApp’s policy has always said it shares information with Facebook. But the latest update has one significant difference.
This isn’t the first time WhatsApp is facing privacy concerns. In 2019, it became a concern world over including in India, when it came to light that hackers were able to use the application to spy on targeted users using the spyware ‘Pegasus’.
However, since 2016, WhatsApp has enabled end-to-end encryption, which means message and call content is not readable to WhatsApp. ( The Print )