Other privacy issues that have been cited as worrying are the access to location, and for those who will be using the app for payment services (Facebook has an MPESA like service that operates through WhatsApp), then the payment data will have to been accessed by Facebook (or WhatsApp for that matter). Crying about this is akin to crying about your bank keeping and being able to access your transaction data or crying about Safaricom’s ability to know about your MPESA transactions.
The next issue that seems to vex many is the requirement that going forward WhatsApp will be sharing your data with Facebook. Well, WhatsApp has been sharing your data with Facebook for years now, and it has been made clear since the practice started in 2016. The feeling that WhatsApp is sharing your data with Facebook is another hullabaloo about nothing, and to use examples once more, this is akin to National Bank customers crying out loud that KCB is accessing their banking data… when it is now very clear that there isn’t any difference between National Bank and KCB given that right now KCB fully owns National Bank.
Within the tech industry, asking Facebook to not access WhatsApp data is akin to asking Google not to share your Google Search data, or Gmail data, with YouTube. We all know that Google’s data is so integrated such that your gmail account allows you to access personalized recommendation across all Google owned products that include YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail, etc. By being able to access and analyse your data from these cross products, Google is able to send to you targeted ads (ads of products and services you’d prefer to see) and that way be able to make money that’s needed to keep those products and services running. May I remind you that if you do not accept Gmail terms and conditions you’d not be able to use Google Products at a personalised level; heck, you wouldn’t be able to chat on Hangout or Allo for that matter.
So my question to you all is, what’s the fuss about?