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What WhatsApp is asking from users is way more than a usual practice, it’s now literally forcing its users to share everything. WhatsApp is trying to collect more data than ever including battery level, signal strength, app version, and identifiers unique to Facebook Companies. Not just WhatsApp but Facebook and Facebook companies will process and use these data, and we know how bad Facebook is at protecting its user’s data.
The Facebook-owned social media application WhatsApp is also suspicious about the user’s data once the account is deleted. According to the WhatsApp policy, user’s data will not be wiped off immediately after deleting your WhatsApp account and users will have to dig deeper for the same, which would be nearly impossible for most of the WhatsApp users.
If you are just removing the application from your device then all of your data will remain on the WhatsApp server. Even if you delete the WhatsApp account from its settings then a copy of your data conversed with other users will remain on the server. Basically, even if you completely delete your WhatsApp account from its setting, WhatsApp will be able to process and use your data the way it wants.
WhatsApp is well aware of its reach among users globally, it is undoubtedly the most used social media application around the globe. Facebook which unfortunately owns the WhatsApp is squeezing the most popular social media application and its user’s data shamelessly. Users following the technology news might already know how bad Facebook is at protecting the user’s data. We have read several times how Facebook’s data have been manipulated and abused by its partner and other companies to benefit some individual, group and companies.
WhatsApp has become an important part of every user’s personal and professional platform for communication such users are now stuck with the platform despite its controversies and shady practices mostly after its acquisition to Facebook.
This is the time when we have to give importance to our data privacy, do not just allow for every permission an application is asking on your phone. We will have to be informed and think before giving any kind of access permission to mobile applications. The permissions like Location, Device Info, Contacts, Calls, Audio-Video Recording and Media etc are very sensitive, it can not be given to any random mobile application.