Privacy Deal Breakers

As you may know there’s been a lot of noise around recent changes to the WhatsApp Privacy Policy. Quite rightly so, as the level of scrutiny should correlate to the degree of change in question.

There is just so much to unpack about these WhatsApp privacy policy changes that it could consume a month of blogs.

From the fact it’s totally possible you’ve already optionally and/or unintentionally consented to these types of changes some time ago, through to the reality some personal data probably does actually need to be shared with WhatsApp to enable the services and experiences as they say.

However, and this is the kicker, what I can’t and won’t accept is for 2021’s WhatsApp to force me to share my personal data collected on its platform with other Facebook companies, for any reason, regardless of how these companies are supposedly packaged or the benefits they and I will reportedly receive.

It’s really as simple as that.

For me it’s goodbye and best of luck WhatsApp, unfortunately it’s a well telegraphed and inevitable end to our relationship. It’s been great, but not allowing me to opt out of sharing my personal data with 3rd party companies that I have no relationship with is a deal breaker for me.

So there is no misunderstanding, in this case it’s you, it’s definitely not me.