WhatsApp’s popularity has continued to grow since it was acquired by Facebook in 2014. WhatsApp allows users to send text and video messages, make video calls and voice calls, and share documents, locations, and also other media making it one of the most reliable communication apps.
Things have changed from this “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA. Since we started WhatsApp, we’ve aspired to build our Services with a set of strong privacy principles in mind.”
WhatsApp can’t read our chats since its end to end encrypted but it does collect data from us.
Here is a list of what data WhatsApp collects;
- The phone model you are using
- Your battery status
- Operating system
- Status update
- IP Address
- Time zone
- Signal Strength
- Payment and Transactions ( If you use WhatsApp pay)
- Group details
- About info
Facebook now will have full access to your WhatsApp data unlike in the past when you had an option to disable it.
This could be an indication that WhatsApp might introduce ads in the future, we will just have to wait and see.
It’s now obvious that we are witnessing WhatsApp the Facebook company and it’s no longer the privacy-focused messaging application we once knew.