WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger Collect Much More User Data

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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger Collect Much More User Data

Facebook Messenger is the app collecting much more user data than other messaging apps

According to Apple’s privacy labels updated announced recently, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the top messaging apps that collect a vast amount of user information and data compared to other apps such as Signal and Telegram. 

These two apps owned by Facebook collect usage data and location details which are the cases with other apps. Conversely, Signal seems not to collect any user data and comes as the most private messaging app. This feature of the app is highlighted on the App Store. Facebook has earlier criticized Apple's move to display privacy labels.

Facebook Messenger is at the top of the list, followed by WhatsApp. Both apps collect data includes users' purchase history, financial information, location details, contacts, phone number, email address, and usage data, among others.

To be more detailed, let’s see a clear breakup of what all the data WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger collect, in comparison with iMessage, Signal, and Telegram.

Facebook Messenger

  • Purchase History

  • Other Financial Info

  • Precise Location

  • Coarse Location

  • Physical Address

  • Email Address

  • Name

  • Phone Number

  • Other User Contact Info

  • Contacts

  • Photos or Videos

  • Gameplay Content

  • Other User Content

  • Search History

  • Browsing History

  • User ID

  • Device ID

  • Product Interaction

  • Advertising Data

  • Other Usage Data

  • Crash Data

  • Performance Data

  • Other Diagnostic Data

  • Other Data Types

  • Browsing History

  • Health

  • Fitness

  • Payment Info

  • Photos or Videos

  • Audio Data

  • Gameplay Content

  • Customer Support

  • Other User Content

  • Search History

  • Sensitive Info

  • iMessage

  • Email address

  • Phone number Search history

  • Device ID

WhatsApp

  • Device ID

  • User ID

  • Advertising Data

  • Purchase History

  • Coarse Location

  • Phone Number

  • Email Address

  • Contacts

  • Product Interaction

  • Crash Data

  • Performance Data

  • Other Diagnostic Data

  • Payment Info

  • Customer Support

  • Product Interaction

  • Other User Content

Telegram

  • Contact Info

  • Contacts

  • User ID

Signal

  • Phone number, and nothing. Even it makes no attempt to link the phone number to your identity.

After Apple’s privacy labels reveal this information, both Facebook and WhatsApp criticized Apple when it submits information on the App Store that is not yet manually checked.  Nevertheless, those user data also included in their lengthy privacy policies, and of course, they are not noticed and read by a large number of their users

Maybe due to this, Google will soon Add App Store Privacy Labels to Its iOS Apps. Read the article to understand more. 
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