Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion back in 2014 and back in August the WhatsApp announced that it would start to share its user data with its parent company Facebook.
WhatsApp is changing this in the UK and it will not be sharing its user data with Facebook, this is after the UK’s Information Commissioner has looked into what the two companies are doing with their customers data, you can see some details from the Information Commissioner below.
It’s important that we have control over our personal information, even if services don’t charge us a fee. We might agree to a company using our information in a certain way in return for us getting a service for free, but if that information is then exploited more than agreed, for a purpose we don’t like, then we’re entitled to be concerned.
We’ve set out the law clearly to Facebook, and we’re pleased that they’ve agreed to pause using data from UK WhatsApp users for advertisements or product improvement purposes.
It is not clear as yet on whether this will be a permanent move as Facebook will be looking for a way to share data which is in line with the UK’s laws. You can see full details over at the Information Commissioner’s Office blog at the link below.