After its first announcement in January, millions of users downloaded apps from WhatsApp’s competitors.
The Facebook-owned platform previously said it had been the victim of “misinformation” around the change.
But WhatsApp now says it has “reflected” on how it could have explained the changes better. WhatsApp will now try again to try and get it’s users to understand it’s new policy.
Just in case the new policy still looks crazy, here’s the break down.
WhatsApp says the data it shares with its parent company does not include messages, groups or call logs. Instead, it says the new terms focus on changes to allow users to message businesses.
WhatsApp already shares information with Facebook, such as your IP address and information about your phone, as well as purchases made via the platform. However this does not apply in Europe and the UK, where different privacy laws exist.
But privacy experts say the saga highlights how unaware users are of how their data is being used.
“In its efforts to clarify that [it] isn’t doing anything wrong, Whatsapp has in fact inadvertently highlighted that it was already harvesting huge amounts of data for Facebook,” said Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy.
“The biggest takeaway from all of this is that Whatsapp was already harvesting device level identifiers, IP addresses, and purchase info on behalf of Facebook – and that until recent media attention, the general public was largely unaware.”
WhatsApp also had a few more things to add “We want everyone to know our history of defending end-to-end encryption, and trust we’re committed to protecting people’s privacy and security.”