With growing concerns about privacy resulting in people ditching popular messaging app WhatsApp for Signal or Telegram, the company has now come clean on the rumours and speculations surrounding new terms of service and policies. The messaging app owned by Facebook has asserted that the policy update does not affect users’ privacy with family or friends.
What did WhatsApp say?
“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data.”
Privacy on WhatsApp
The company has also given clarification on the information that it does not share with Facebook. The messaging application said:
- WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook.
- WhatsApp does keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling.
- WhatsApp cannot see your shared location and neither can Facebook.
- WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook.
- WhatsApp groups remain private.
- You can set your messages to disappear.
- You can download your data.
Users will have to accept the new terms
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