So what kind of data will be sent to Facebook? Does this mean Facebook can read my WhatsApp messages?
“We collect device and connection-specific information when you install, access, or use our Services. This includes information such as hardware model, operating system information, 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).”
It’s probably worth noting that there are differences for businesses. Businesses can choose to store the data on Facebook’s servers or not to and if they choose to store it there then it seems as though that it could give Facebook the ability to read those messages. So while conversations between friends and families will still be encrypted, messages with businesses . . . maybe not.
5 Alternatives to WhatsApp
Here are 5 alternatives for you to consider if you decide to switch away from WhatsApp. These alternatives are listed in no particular order.
- 02:49 = Signal privacy focused messenger
- 05:57 = Element Messenger powered by the Matrix protocol (one of my favorites)
- 10:58 = Telegram but this one might not be a good option after all.
- 13:51 = Session, an interesting fork of Signal
- 16:21 = Threema, a paid/premium messaging app
- 18:08 = My Thoughts on these alternatives
Most of these options are worth considering and if you choose to give Element a try then I suggest checking out the “Beginner’s Guide: How To Get Started With Element & Matrix” here on Front Page Linux.