From February 8, a lot of WhatsApp data will end up directly on Facebook – but not in the EU

The WhatsApp messenger service has around 1.2 billion users worldwide. Users are currently receiving an in-app notice that informs about the updated terms of use and data protection guidelines. A major change concerns the data exchange with Facebook.

Data protection is a sensitive issue. Users usually want to know what information is being disclosed. The usage data is particularly sensitive with a service like WhatsApp, which is also used to send personal and private messages. Now there is a notice that with the entry into force of the new terms of use on February 8, 2020, more information may be shared with Facebook than before. However, this does not affect users in the EU. The applicable data protection guidelines do not make this possible.

What data is it about?

Outside the EU, chat content remains end-to-end encrypted and does not count as data that is shared. According to the updated terms of use, it concerns technical information such as smartphone number, IP address, transaction data, interaction information and other service-related data.

According to the developer, the following points are in the foreground:

  • Security aspects and integrity to Facebook
  • Combating spam, threads, abuse, or violations
  • Connect WhatsApp experiences with other Facebook products

What does Facebook need the data for?

The expanded data exchange aims to integrate WhatsApp even more closely into the Facebook environment. Facebook explains that they are using the data to better understand processes and ultimately to improve the offer on both sides. Experts are critical of the extended exchange of user data.

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