Chats will not be shared with anyone
Your WhatsApp chats will not be accessible to anyone in the “WhatsApp headquarters” as some memes would have you believe, the Pakistan representative of Facebook has said.
Under the new policy, WhatsApp will be sharing its user data with Facebook.
The messaging app has been collecting data on subscribers since its inception. Although Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, it has always officially stated that the two companies exist independent of each other, particularly in terms of data.
Now, they will be officially sharing the data.
She was asked if there would be any changes to the way Facebook deals with government requests to share data of its citizens. Tariq said that Facebook works with governments globally, but provides them this data after a rigorous procedure. These details are published in the social media organisation’s transparency reports. WhatsApp conversations will not, and cannot be provided, because they are encrypted end to end, she said.
Bloomberg reported “that there’s a difference in the text for Europe compared with the rest of the world.” The US update says it wants to be able to let users start connecting their Facebook Pay account “to pay for things on WhatsApp,” and let them chat with friends on other Facebook products, such as Portal, “by connecting your WhatsApp account.” This text does not appear in the version applicable to Europe.
Digital rights activists, though, are not happy with the explanations.
Pakistani digital rights activist Nighat Dad has said that WhatsApp’s clarification on its new data-sharing policy isn’t convincing enough.
“WhatsApp became a successful application worldwide because of its ‘end-to-end encryptions’ and its data protection,” Dad said on SAMAA TV show 7se8 Tuesday.
Amid criticism of its new policy to share user data with Facebook, WhatsApp issued the following clarifications Tuesday:
“As per these policies, WhatsApp will share your data with Facebook and its third party in order to customise advertisements,” she said on the show.
The new data-sharing rules are a “breach of privacy” for the ones who do not have Facebook accounts but use WhatsApp, the activist explained.