404 The controversy with Facebook does not stop, and this time it also affects Whatsapp . Recently the platform launched…
The controversy with Facebook does not stop, and this time it also affects Whatsapp . Recently the platform launched a payment service through the messaging application, WhatsApp Pay , of which we now have more data. Some of us discover that the payment data of the users are shared with Facebook.
While Mark Zuckerberg declares before the US Senate about the filtering of user data with Cambridge Analytica, we are discovering more possible data that could end up in the hands of third-party companies because of Whatsapp . We all know that the messaging application is owned by the social network for some time and that, whether we want it or not, data is shared between both platforms.
What we did not know was the extent to which our data end up in the hands of Facebook . Now with the premiere of WhatsApp Pay, the UPI-based digital payment system that allows users to send and receive money through the application, we know more details of the sharing of user information between WhatsApp and Facebook .
“We share information with third-party service providers, including Facebook, to send payment instructions to PSPs (payment service providers), maintain their transaction history, offer customer service and keep our services safe and secure.”
According WhatsApp / Facebook , the purpose of this system is to detect, prevent or address fraud, security, abuse or other misconduct that may put the user at risk.
In this way we can already know what phone number or location, WhatsApp shares with Facebook data As private as the information about the time and date in which the payment is made, the amount of money and, most importantly, the recipient’s banking information such as the VPA (virtual payment addresses).
At the moment there is no word from Facebook nor of Whatsapp when this function would come to our country or to the rest of the nations, beyond India. Even so, given what we’ve seen, we may not lose anything because we do not enjoy WhatsApp Pay in our country and we can be sure that, at least, Facebook will not have our banking information.