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After facing flak, WhatsApp says not compromising on users’ privacy

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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?

The messaging app said: “We recently updated our privacy policy and we have received many thoughtful questions. With some of the rumors going around, we want to answer some of the common questions we have received. We go to great lengths to build WhatsApp in a way that helps people communicate privately.”

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“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

Notably, WhatsApp users are receiving in-app notification about the new terms of service and privacy policy that will come into effect on February 8. Users will have to accept the new terms or they would not be able to use WhatsApp.

 

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