How WhatsApp collects Data?
The messaging platform reveals that the Data it shares with Facebook Companies includes account registration information and how users interact with others, including business, mobile device information, and IP address.
The policy also informs that when users consider "third-party services or other Facebook Company Products, those third-party services receive information about what people share in WhatsApp." as an example, users either use Google Drive or iCloud to repeat chats, which by default provides their services access to WhatsApp chats/messages.
WhatsApp highlights that it collects some more information from devices like "battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including telephone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook)."
How the US has access to the information shared by us in WhatsApp?
What about your transaction data?
How is the damage done?
WhatsApp has assured within the new post that users don't have anything to be worried about it. "WhatsApp was built on an easy idea: what you share with your friends and family stays between you. This suggests we'll always protect your conversations with end-to-end encryption so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see these private messages. This is often why they don't keep logs of who everyone's messaging or calling. They also can't see our shared location and that they don't share contacts with Facebook," it says.
What choice do we have?
To continue using WhatsApp, we'd like to accept the new terms and conditions simply. If we don't wish to, WhatsApp, too, suggests deleting our account. Users who have already taken the new terms and conditions but don't want WhatsApp to share data with Facebook or other businesses will have a further 30 days to opt-out and delete their account.
WhatsApp policies on data-sharing will not be changed for users in Europe.
Niamh Sweeney, Director of Policy for WhatsApp, Europe, said, "There are no changes to WhatsApp's data-sharing practices in Europe arising from this update. It remains the case that WhatsApp does not share European Region. WhatsApp user data with Facebook for the purpose of Facebook using this Data to improve its products or ads". "The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe has very strict law protecting privacy and data of its people, unlike India where Personal Data Protection bill is yet to be enacted into a law."
Adv. Manohar Lal, appearing for Rohilla, replied, "WhatsApp shares information globally. Everything they gather from us is shared." The Court then said, "Mr. Lal, there are two issues. One is that your messages are looked into and shared. Two is that your browsing history is shared," and asked him to explain what his issue was.
When the petitioner replied that "they analyze browsing history and form an opinion about the user and share that," the Court said, "All apps do that." In reply to this, Rohilla's counsel said that while in Europe and the US, WhatsApp is giving an option to accept or reject the updated policy. Here in India, no such option is given.
The Court reiterated, "You have an option, don't use the app."