With this news that WhatsApp information will be shared with Facebook, many around the world fear that Facebook – which bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 – was going back on its promise to keep privacy protection the focus of the app.
However, if you live in Malta and are considering swapping to a different app because of it – don’t worry. According to the official statement about the changes, European (the UK is also included) users should face no actual differences in how their data is used. WhatsApp users in Europe will still need to accept the new terms.
They went on to explain that WhatsApp will continue not to share user data with Facebook “for the purpose of Facebook using this data to improve its products or advertisement”.
The reason behind European users not having any changes, which has been heralded as a victory for EU privacy regulators, is due to negotiations that have taken place in the past with Facebook and European data protection bodies.
It also has been credited to tighter privacy regulations and laws that have been introduced in Europe in the past few years.
Rest assured, if you love WhatsApp – and don’t want to part with it so easily – you need not worry about your privacy. Whilst you live in Europe at least.
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