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 Does Facebook need permission to get your data from WhatsApp? ... a new scandal

Does Facebook need permission to obtain your data from WhatsApp, the company that owns it? .. A question whose answer is revealed in the WhatsApp acquisition journey.

With quiet and successful steps, the WhatsApp application cut a profitable path over 12 years, before the privacy policy update bomb exploded.

Things went well throughout these years, until conditions changed last week, when WhatsApp asked its approximately 2 billion users around the world to agree to new terms of use that allow the application to share more data with Facebook, which owns the application.

The amendments require users to agree to allow more of their users' data, such as phone number, profile name, contact information, and financial transactions to be shared with Facebook, before February 8th, otherwise they will not be able to use the application after this date.

Where did the story begin?

WhatsApp began its career in 2009 by Jan Kum and Brian Acton as a secure and ad-free chat application, and that was enough to attract millions of users in a short time.

The application was on a historic date in 2014 when it was acquired by Facebook for a huge number of $ 19 billion, which suggests that the global technology company aims to invest heavily in the application and reap profits from it.

It was only 4 years after the acquisition date that WhatsApp co-founder Jalcom resigned over its objection to the use of user data for targeting ads.

Indeed, the social network took a very important step in 2008 when it launched the "WhatsApp Business" service, which allows users to chat with companies about products or make direct purchases in some cases.

Within a year, there were more than 50 million companies using the new service to communicate with their customers.


Mistiness and machine profits


The presence of tens of millions of companies using "WhatsApp Business" means that there is ample room to achieve more profits, as the number of customers dealing with the service has increased.

Hence, ambiguity surrounds the recent updates. WhatsApp says explicitly that this update concerns only the 40 million WhatsApp Business users who are active per month.

But on the other hand ... what will happen with the data of nearly two billion other users of the application? Or does Facebook need permission?

The answer is no, especially since the update clearly canceled an option that allows users not to share their data with Facebook, as deleting a phrase within the privacy policies that says if you are an existing user, you can choose not to share your account information with Facebook to improve your ads and product experiences.

According to Bloomberg, the data sharing crisis dates back to August 2016, when WhatsApp launched an update to the privacy policy, allowing it to share user data with Facebook, but at that time it gave users 30 days to refuse to share their data.

He adds that application officials have confirmed that throughout these years, user data is shared with Facebook, which means that recent updates will not affect current WhatsApp practices, meaning that it is merely adjusting conditions to correct previous practices that were not transparent.

In light of this, Facebook obtains data such as phone number, mobile network used, IP addresses, operating system, language, and battery status.

But on the other hand, the WhatsApp application confirms that conversations are completely safe, as messages, photos and videos are protected with the terminal encryption feature, which does not allow anyone to see the conversation except for the two parties.

Postponing new business launch

In light of the violent reaction of users against the amendment of the privacy policy and the sharing of data, WhatsApp announced the postponement of the introduction of new features related to business.

The app has set a new target date of May 15 for the launch of business-related tools, and will gradually communicate with users to review changes to the policy.

Displacement to Signal

Since WhatsApp announced its intention to share data with its parent company, the messaging app "Signal" topped the list of the most downloaded applications on the Apple Store and Google Play stores in several countries.

Since many users of WhatsApp on social networks have indicated their intention to move to Signal, like Tesla President Elon Musk, the free app is at the top of the list of most downloaded apps in India, Germany, France and also in Hong Kong, according to Signal via Twitter.

While the Telegram application recorded a huge increase in the number of its users by up to 500%, according to the British newspaper The Independent.

The newspaper says, that Telegram witnessed an increase in the number of its users within only 72 hours, with the arrival of up to 25 million new users, who fled WhatsApp.

A new crisis with Google

With the privacy crisis of the famous messaging app "WhatsApp", and its intention to share data with its parent company, Facebook, new complaints have emerged about another violation of user data in several countries.

This time, concerns about Whatsapp Web services appear on the desktop of desktop computers, as complaints revolve around allegations that "WhatsApp" reveals the numbers registered on users' phones on the search index from Google, if they use the application on desktop computers.

The WhatsApp application, which has about 2.2 billion users around the world, had postponed the amendment of the application's terms of service following user protests.

Feverish waves of displacement arose to other similar messaging apps, after WhatsApp forced users to agree to share their various data with Facebook, otherwise their account would be deleted from February 8th, but the app retracted and said that the deadline will be until next May, and it will not delete accounts other than Approval of its new policy to protect the privacy of users' data.

In the midst of the waves of displacement of other applications from individuals and institutions around the world, governments entered the crisis line, which refused to submit to privacy policies and their technical bodies opened investigations into the nature of these new policies, and transferred the accounts of their official bodies to other similar applications.

Amidst mounting criticism and expanding its global reach, WhatsApp pledged to make greater efforts to clarify misinformation regarding the new privacy and security policy, stressing that the recent update provides greater transparency about the way data is collected and used, and that the recent update does not expand the database for sharing data with Facebook.



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