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Whatsapp collects data even if you are not using the service

You don't use Whatsapp because you want to protect your personal data? That helps less than you think.

You don’t use Whatsapp because you want to protect your personal data? That helps less than you think.

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Just a few days ago, Whatsapp announced in a blog entry that it had exceeded the limit of two billion users – NewsABC.net reported. The short message service is thus expanding its leadership on the competition.

Nevertheless, many users decide against using the service belonging to Facebook because they want to protect their personal data.

Also read: Why you shouldn’t use the Whatsapp camera

But even if you delete your Facebook account and ban WhatsApp from your smartphone, the messenger can still access a lot of your data.

Whatsapp: data collection continues even without an account

In order to gain access to your data, Whatsapp does not need hidden back doors, but only accesses the digital phone books of your contacts.

If your best friend has, for example, saved your birthday, your place of residence, your e-mail address, your telephone number (s), the names and details of your family, your website, your Twitter name and various other data under your name and grants Whatsapp access on the phone book, the messenger also reads out all this data.

So if you really want to make sure that Whatsapp and Facebook know as little as possible about you, you have to tell all your contacts to delete any data that goes beyond the bare minimum from their phones.

This article was published by NewsABC.net in March 2020. It has now been reviewed and updated.

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