Data Collected by WhatsApp
According to WhatsApp, here’s a list of information and data collected by WhatsApp:-
- Mobile number
- Payment Information (if you use their payment service)
- Usage Information (how you use WhatsApp)
- Device Information
- Status Information
According to WhatsApp, your messages are end-to-end encrypted and are deleted from their servers as soon as the message is delivered to the recipient. Also, if the message is not delivered, it is stored on their servers in an encrypted form for up to 30 days according to WhatsApp.
It’s not about data, it’s about Facebook!
As we all know, reputation of Facebook has not been so good in terms of privacy and security of its system. That’s why most people don’t trust Facebook. And that’s why you should be concerned about it. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and the data collected is big in size.
We live in the age of information. Almost all major tech companies know a lot of things about you. The question is, is your information going into the right hands or not?
For example Google also collects a bunch of information about you and your device but the thing is, people trust Google. And why do people trust Google?
Well, I don’t know. Maybe because we are so much integrated with Google by now, maybe we haven’t heard anything suspicious about Google, maybe Google is more transparent than Facebook or simply we just don’t have another option as big as Google.
What can we do?
According to WhatsApp, your messages are end-to-end encrypted and they are not stored for a long period of time on their servers.
Although your messages are encrypted on your device, they no longer remain encrypted when you back them up to Google Drive.
Now, the decision is up to you. If you trust Facebook, then you may want to continue to use WhatsApp. On the other hand if you are not willing to share your data with the Facebook Companies, then you can try out some alternatives like Telegram and Signal.
One thing to remember is that if you are connected to the internet by any means, then don’t expect your data to be completely secure. Thus, it’s a good habit to constantly review what you share with anyone on the internet.
That’s all for now. Signing off.
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