by Brandon Butler
WhatsApp will share user personal data with Facebook, which will further share it with marketing companies 1/8/2021

Dan Goodin for Ars Technica:

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messenger that claims to have privacy coded into its DNA, is giving its 2 billion plus users an ultimatum: agree to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts. […]

In 2016, WhatsApp gave users a one-time ability to opt out of having account data turned over to Facebook. Now, an updated privacy policy is changing that. Come next month, users will no longer have that choice. Some of the data that WhatsApp collects includes:

• User phone numbers
• Other people’s phone numbers stored in address books
• Profile names
• Profile pictures and
• Status message including when a user was last online
• Diagnostic data collected from app logs

Under the new terms, Facebook reserves the right to share collected data with its family of companies.

I think Facebook has proven numerous times that it can’t be trusted with your data. If you’re a WhatsApp user it’s time to delete the account and delete the app. There are better alternatives, like Signal and iMessage.