What this means is that besides keeping a track of your status, display picture, your online activity, group names, duration and frequency of your activity, WhatsApp in association with Facebook and other third-party apps will also keep a track of your location, device model, operating system, battery level, and browser details. Moreover, it will receive your data through WhatsApp’s new payment feature which will include processing methods, transactions, and shipment data as well.
What is the problem with this?
Since your data will be shared with Facebook and other ‘unidentified’ third-party apps, a serious breach of privacy will occur. Revealing your data will help these companies to make commercial gains, and might also be used to targeting individuals, spreading propaganda and hate messages on Facebook. Another problem in this updated policy is that how, how much, and to who is your personal data being shared also remains undisclosed.
So what should you really do?
Signal is very similar to WhatsApp, it’s free of cost and has end-to-end encryption of messages. Moreover, it’s run by a non-profit organization and not any big corporation.