Facebook v Apple: the looming showdown over data tracking and privacy

Facebook says collecting user data across the internet makes for ‘better experiences’. Apple – and privacy groups – are pushing back

Facebook is taking lessons from its debacle over WhatsApp privacy changes in a bid to prevent millions of its users opting out of allowing the company to track their interests across the internet.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, was forced to delay an update to its privacy policy last month when an in-app notification informed users that some data from the communications app would be shared with Facebook. It raised concerns about the privacy of chat messages and profile data, and led users to shift in droves to other encrypted messaging apps such as Signal.

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