Cyber security firm Avast has said that Google, WhatsApp and Facebook spy on their users to find out their interest for serving targeted advertisements, but their users are well aware about this. Also Read - How to temporarily deactivate/permanently delete WhatsApp account
“Google is an advertising company. Google revenue is basically from AdWords. Spying on users, getting what they are interested in and serving them advertisement is what their business model is. There is nothing inherent wrong with it. Users know what’s going on, I think,” Avast CEO Vincent Steckler said. He was talking on the sidelines of release of Avast findings on cyber security issues and unveiling of anti-theft mobile security software. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
Steckler added that WhatsApp too breaches data privacy of users. “Did you ask all of your friends and colleague to share their personal and private information with Facebook. That’s another biggest user of privacy. WhatsApp is a data collector to serve you advertising inside Facebook … you get advertisement on Facebook based on conversation you had on WhatsApp,” Steckler said. Also Read - WhatsApp COVID-19 relief efforts: How you can get resources during the pandemic
No comments were received from Facebook on the issue. Steckler said that users also breach privacy of their acquaintances by sharing contact details to use applications on mobile phones. “In order to use WhatsApp, you have to share your entire contact database, which means you provided all your friends and colleagues contact details to Facebook. Do you have right to do that?” Steckler said.