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The other changes
This in effect means that when a user uses third-party services, information like your IP address. Also, you being a WhatsApp user may be provided to the third-party or to another Facebook company product.
At the end of the day, nothing has changed. This time though, WhatsApp elaborates on the implications for data sharing when users rely on third-party integrations.
WhatsApp also clarifies that when a user uses “third-party services or other Facebook Company Products, their own terms and privacy policies will govern your use of those services and products”. Basically, you are subject to the integrations privacy policies when you use them.
WhatsApp also explains in detail the kind of information it will exchange with Facebook and its group of companies. This includes information on “improving infrastructure and delivery systems” and personalised content around purchases and transactions.
The messaging service finally explains that the data exchange will help it; improve “relevant offers and ads across the Facebook Company Products.”
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Is WhatsApp collecting new Information?
Errm Yes. WhatsApp says it is collecting new device information like your “battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account)”. The company did not mention these in the previous policy.
Even if a user does not use their location-relation features; WhatsApp will collect “IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location (city, country)”.
What’s really different?
WhatsApp says that any business that its users interact with may provide it with information as well. It further explains that any content shared with a business will be visible to “several people in that business”. WhatsApp says that some “businesses might be working with third-party service providers (which may include Facebook) to help manage their communications with their customers”.
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