Even so, company has clearly stated that none of your chats will be shared with Facebook & that the calls & chats still remain to be end-to-end encrypted. Now, the question is, if everything is going to remain same, what is this utter, unexplainable need of Facebook to collect more & more of our data, with the veil of sharing just few relevant friends suggestion & product ads.
Take a look at what Mishi Chaudhary, Technology Lawyer and Founder of SFLC, New York has to say about it!
“WhatsApp is not proposing to begin sharing the information of its users with Facebook. It is not proposing that. Why? Because it has been doing that all along. Once in 2016, for a limited time, everybody had a chance to opt-out. If I was there, and if I also had a Facebook account in 2016 for a limited time, I was given an option that Mishi can opt-out and say I don’t want whatever on WhatsApp to be shared on Facebook,” as said Mishi Chaudhary .
She added “If I was not using WhatsApp back in 2016, and I signed up later or I just did not or I forgot because it was available for a very limited short period of time, I didn’t do it. Now, I can’t do anything. Now, WhatsApp will keep ratting me out to Facebook”.
This means that Competition Commission of India is going to dig deep into excessive data collection policy & how this data is collected & shared with other entities owned by Facebook.
If you don’t accept the policy, then in the starting you will be able to do everything you used with WhatsApp, which includes:
- being able to receive voice or video calls, or make a voice or video call,
- in notification reply to messages (if you have enabled notification),
- being able to revert to a missed voice or video call,
- share emojis, photos & stuff.
But later on, all these services will be suspended, you will hardly be able to get a WhatsApp call, a message or even the notifications. As WhatsApp stated that no account will be deleted if you don’t accept their policy; which meant no account will be deleted immediately.
Since, the advancement of applications, almost every application is collecting our data, which often go unnoticed because our ignorance or due to that big veil of “Terms & Conditions” which we rarely bother to read. The only thing separating Facebook & WhatsApp from other applications, is that the former wants to collect our data on an excessive note & they don’t seem to explain why actually.