Idec wants to prevent WhatsApp data being sent to Facebook in Brazil

by Kelvin
Idec wants to prevent WhatsApp data being sent to Facebook in Brazil

The Brazilian Institute for Consumer Protection (Idec) analyzes administrative and judicial measures against data sharing imposed by WhatsApp to sponsors of Facebook. Upset by the lack of options provided to users, the institution will meet to debate the issue this week to decide the best measures.

As of February 8, 2021, WhatsApp users who do not accept the new terms that allow data sharing with the Facebook and your sponsors will have their account suspended until they agree to the contract. The bad news reached the messenger users gradually in the form of a pop-up window — which interrupts navigation in the application, imposing the reading of new terms and notifying the deadline.

Although the shared data does not include the messages themselves, the entire mobile phonebook, as well as profile photo and other information must be sent to the Facebook. This caught the attention of the user base, mainly due to the lack of options provided by WhatsApp. This same reason caught the attention of Idec, which considers it problematic not to give options that restrict data sharing in Brazil — where the app has become a work tool for thousands of users.

  
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In the European Union and the United Kingdom, the company will not be able to impose the measure, as it was prevented by the local authorities. Here, WhatsApp follows its campaign for the new terms, justifying the implementation of new measures to “promote transparency”. “From now on, companies can opt for secure hosting services from Facebook to help manage communications with your customers on WhatsApp.”.

Considering that the topic will be broken down by Idec throughout this week, a measure should be taken until next week and may change or make the decision of WhatsApp in Brazil more flexible. In parallel, part of the messenger’s user base is looking for alternatives that do not impose data sharing with large companies, such as Signal and Telegram.