It has become impossible to live without messaging apps, from keeping in touch to shopping and business needs let’s take a look at what data each messaging app collects. Straight off the bat, the two Meta products – WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger collect the most data as compared to Apple’s iMessage and considerably more private Signal and Telegram.
Data collected by app: Phone Number, Email Address, Contacts, Coarse Location, Device ID, User ID, Advertising Data, Purchase History, Product Interaction, Payment Info, Crash Data, Performance Data, Other Diagnostic Data, Customer Support, Product Interaction, Other User, Content, Metadata.
Data collected by app: 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, Third-Party Advertising, Purchase History, Financial Info, Product Interaction, Advertising Data, Other Usage Data, Crash Data, Performance Data, Other Diagnostic Data, Other Data Types, Developer’s, Advertising or Marketing, Health, Fitness, Payment Info, Sensitive Info, Product Personalization, Credit Info, Other Financial Info, Emails or Text Messages.
Data collected by app: Email Address, Phone Number, Search History, Device ID.
Data collected by app: Name, Phone Number, Contacts, User ID
Data collected by app: None.
You need to sign up on Signal using your mobile phone number for registration, but the app does not link your phone number to your identity.
Being rightfully concerned with how information is stored and handled by the companies who manage it, has become a growing concern. Armed with the knowledge above you can take a look and decide if it is worth using that messaging app or shift to another, less intrusive one.
Blog by NG