WhatsApp in damage control mode, tweets list of info ‘NOT shared with Facebook’

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has issued another clarification amid the controversy over the reports of the users of instant messaging platform claiming that their private messages have been made public on search engines.

According to WhatsApp, the change to its recently revised policy “does not affect privacy of messages with friends or family”. “Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp”.

WhatsApp shared the following list of information “NOT shared with Facebook”.

  • WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook
  • WhatsApp does keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling
  • WhatsApp cannot see your shared location and neither can Facebook
  • WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook
  • WhatsApp groups remains private
  • You can set your messages to disappear
  • You can download your data

WhatsApp further explained: “We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content.”

WhatsApp’s new terms of service detail how the chat application will use the data of its users and share it with Facebook. 

This update raises privacy concerns for WhatsApp users, as it will allow the messaging app to share data such as IP address, browser details, location, phone number, signal strength, phone battery level, etc with its parent company Facebook as well as its subsidiaries.

Soon after WhatsApp rolled out its new privacy policy terms, social media went abuzz with many speculations about the data that would be shared and compromised online. WhatsApp head Will Cathcart had on Monday cleared the air on Twitter on the same.