WhatsApp was once hailed as an excellent and secure method for contacting people. However, Facebook bought out WhatsApp, and since then, it has dealt with several privacy and security lapses. Now, Facebook is tightening the noose around WhatsApp by forcing users to accept Facebook data collection through the app.
- “service-related, diagnostic, and performance information” – how and how much you use WhatsApp.
- “device and connection-specific information” – essentially full phone information, phone number, mobile operator, ISP, language, time zone, IP address, and “device operations information, and identifiers.”
- “location information” – with permission, precise GPS, otherwise IP address and phone number area code to estimate location.