WhatsApp tweaks privacy policy to share more user data with Facebook

WhatsApp updated their privacy policy on Monday that allows the messaging app to share commercial user data with parent company Facebook, as the company aims to enhance business usage among group companies.

The revised privacy norms allow the sharing of business interactions across the group. Those who do not accept the updated privacy policy which come into force in February will not be able to access their chats on the messaging platform.

Critics of the move have said the updated privacy policy allows the company to monetize private data of the user without their consent and share this data with businesses and third party providers that transact on these platforms.

The policy requires users to share transaction data, mobile device information, IP address, and data on how they interact with businesses via Facebook owned platforms.

India has 400 million WhatsApp users and 310 million Facebook users (according to Statista) which makes it the largest user base for the social media network.   


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