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WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook: HC seeks govt reply

Whatsapp Privacy issue

The introduction of WhatsApp has truly dominated the social media app, creating a sensational instant messaging app for everyone. Since its inception in 2010, instinctively-designed messaging application has blown up in popularity and in 2014 February, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $ 19 billion. But greater power accompanies higher obligation. And in the wake of reporting a significant modification in its security policy a week ago, WhatsApp seems to not the privacy concerns of its users seriously.

What’s the security change?

A week prior, WhatsApp was accounted for to convey another change to its security policy that actually undermines the clients about their own and delicate data. On 25th August 2016 WhatsApp presented fundamental changes in its security strategy which is about giving individual data of the WhatsApp clients to its parental site Facebook. Through this change, WhatsApp presented the rule of offering account data of its users to ‘Facebook family of companies and now this new approach has dragged it into a lawful edge.

Most clients have effectively gotten alerts from WhatsApp about the upgraded Terms and conditions of the privacy policy. Despite the fact that WhatsApp has given customers the alternative to skip this update, still, it dragged the company to the legal boundary. The option is only noticeable once a user taps on ‘read’. As most of the users rarely scrutinize such flash notifications, there is huge possibility that many of us will overlook this option.

Numerous individuals and association have fated this new modification of WhatsApp. The nonappearance a quit choice for sharing of information for purposes other than publicizing has welcomed much more prominent feedback. The Electronic Privacy Information Center from the United States has documented a grievance before the Federal Trade Commission against WhatsApp and Facebook. In addition to this, The Data Protection Authority in the UK and the Information Commissioners Office have additionally expressed that they will take action against this amendment.

The company says in a blog post:

How do I choose not to share my account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences?

If you are an existing user, you can choose not to share your account information with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.

There are two ways to do this:

Option 1

Before you tap Agree to accept our updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, tap Read.

How do I choose not to share my account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences?

 

You will see a control at the bottom of the screen. If you do not want your account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences, you can uncheck the box or toggle the control.

How do I choose not to share my account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences?

 

Option 2

After you agree to our updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you will have an additional 30 days to make this choice by going to Settings > Account > Share my account info in the app. If you do not want your account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences, you can uncheck the box or toggle the control.

How do I choose not to share my account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences?

 

The Facebook family of companies will still receive and use this information for other purposes such as improving infrastructure and delivery systems, understanding how our services or theirs are used, securing systems, and fighting spam, abuse, or infringement activities.

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