WhatsAppening? Facebook are sharing their data when they said they wouldn't

Of course I'm not surprised that Facebook is breaking their promise about not sharing data with Whatsapp.

I confess not to have deleted Facebook yet. A handful of groups and distant relatives is what stops me from doing so. But one thing after another and I think 2021 is going to be the year I delete Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

In a surprise move, WhatsApp recently gave many of its users a difficult choice: they could either accept a revised privacy policy that explicit allowed the service to share information with parent company Facebook by February 8th, or decline and risk not being able to use the service at all.

The company informed those users through an in-app notification which lays out the changes in very broad terms: the updates to the policy include “more information about WhatsApp’s service and how we process your data, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats, [and] how we partner with Facebook to offer integrations across the Facebook Company Products.”

Upon further inspection, the updated policy makes clear that data collected by WhatsApp — including user phone numbers, “transaction data, service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses) when using our Services , mobile device information, your IP address” and more are subject to be shared with other properties owned and controlled by Facebook.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/amp/whatsapp-privacy-policy-update-facebook-data-sharing-205451955.html

My RSS feeds

(Above is a screenshot of my RSS feeds.)

I'm always changing my mind, but I think my plan for 2021 is to focus in on my own DIY social network:

  • my personal website as a place where I ongoingly and casually update stuff
  • have an email list as part of it
  • (maybe) go back to Flickr for photos
  • ensure I keep my RSS feeds relevant to me and have it as my 'social and news home': instead of checking 'social media, I check my RSS. It's good, you should try it
  • Start using Signal for messaging

Really, the best way to stop relying on social media is to own it all yourself. We all talk about owning our email lists, we should be talking about the same for our personal data and networks too.

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