There is nothing that comes between you and your privacy. Chatting with a company is optional, and the chats are clearly labeled in the app. You have the control.
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The controversy of joining WhatsApp data with Facebook data
In its official statement, WhatsApp has avoided naming Facebook, rather than saying some shopping features are integrated with Facebook. And it must be remembered that the fact that both platforms are going to share information was one of the most controversial points in January.
Just today marks seven years since we published the announcement that WhatsApp was acquired by the firm of Mark Zuckerberg for 19,000 million dollars. One of the initial objectives of the acquisition was to share the data of WhatsApp users with Facebook, which has not stopped raising controversy since then until now, especially in the European Union.
The announcement that took place at the beginning of this year led millions of users to move to other messaging apps with more secure privacy policies, such as Telegram or Signal. In addition, Telegram took advantage of the situation to release version 7.4 of its app for iOS and Android that included among the novelties the possibility of moving the chat history from other apps like WhatsApp, Line and KakaoTalk to Telegram.
The case of the European Union is different
Things are somewhat different in the European Union. The GDPR data protection regulations prevent Facebook from sharing WhatsApp data with the rest of the company for the company's own interest. The conditions of use of WhatsApp in the European Union indicate the following:
"Currently, Facebook does not use the information in your WhatsApp account to improve experiences with Facebook products or to provide you with more relevant advertisements on the platform. This is the result of discussions with the Irish Data Protection Commission and other European data protection authorities. "*
As indicated by a company spokesperson [a Xataka] (https://www.xataka.com/privacidad/whatsapp-ahora-compartira-datos-facebook-contrario-no-se-podra-usar-no-afecta-a-usuarios-union-europea):
This is because users from member countries of the European Union use the WhatsApp Ireland Limited app and not that of WhatsApp LLC. Essentially means that it is a separate company that is governed by the rules of the European Union and therefore protects users by offering them the conditions and agreements that have been reached with the European Commission.