WhatsApp (WA) recently announcednew privacy policieson data sharing that emphasized that, as a Facebook (FB) company, they will share data collected on users with the other FB companies. Lots going on here.
Note they apparently are trying to deal with their PR mess, not improve the policy. FB is claiming that they have not really changed how they handle data within the FB family of companies, just improve how they support businesses who use WA.
4.Isn't user privacy preservedas long as WA keeps the promise to use true end-to-end encryption, never decrypting chat content?
Not really. By merging all data from all FB companies about who you chat with, when, how often, and for how long, what FB pages you visit and which youlike, what online ads you click in FB, then cross-linking that with what FB knows about all of your chat contacts, and who they contact, they can build a whopper of a detailed dossier on you. The detail will include allunencryptedmessages FB can read throughFacebook Messenger, along with comments on your FB page and the FB pages of those contacts. Consider particularly an open conversation in FB Messenger with a comment as a new topic opens up,"Let's move this to WhatsApp."
It is a fatal mistake to believe that ANY Silicon Valley tech protects privacy. Case in point "DO NOT USE SIGNAL" it is a "Government Op". Sure Moxie has great hair, but mine is natural. Take the time to understand the origin of Signal and how it was funded. The story involves several million dollars in seed and development capital from Radio Free Asia, a CIA spinoff whose history goes back to 1951. Is this just a conspiracy theory trying to sell more books? Possibly, but Moxie hasn't exactly come clean...
I was really hoping that the public discussions about chat privacy as a result of WhatsApp's new terms and conditions would spill over into web browsers and search engines. If not for the sake of privacy then for the sake of keeping competition alive and well in terms of search engines and web browsers.