For the first time, Facebook is openly revealing details about the collection and storage of user data. Your chats are still end-to-end encrypted, but Facebook collects and a number of additional (behavioral) data:
- Cellular network, connection information (telephone number, cellular operator, or Internet service provider)
- Your phone’s battery level and signal strength
- IP address
- App version
- Browser information
- Language and time zone
- Identifiers of Facebook company products that are assigned to the same device or account
- Usage information (when you last used WhatsApp, when the account was registered and the type and frequency of use of certain features)
What if I reject the policy?
There are a number of alternatives for the private sector that you as a user can use. Signal, for example, is an alternative that emphasizes privacy and is very popular. However, it can of course be the case that not everyone in your circle of friends switches to the same alternative and that you have to use several messengers in order to continue to be in contact with everyone.
This is certainly a challenge for companies, organizations, or clubs that have used WhatsApp in the past. There is segmentation into different groups which increases the communication effort. We at IKANGAI offer an alternative with qNews that works without an additional app and can be installed directly via a link. With this platform-independent solution, you can continue to reach all of your customers via a central channel and do not have to integrate several different messenger solutions.