What do you see when you go to the security option on WhatsApp? It says your messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption. This statement meant that the messages, calls, and status tend to remain private between the users, where third parties or even WhatsApp itself cannot read them.
What were these policies and what questions are being raised in concern with the privacy of the users?
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It mentioned the key features that included more information about:
- WhatsApp’s service and how it processes user data
- How businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats and,
- How the company partners with Facebook, its parent company, to offer integrations across the Facebook Company Product.
These new policies indicate the impression on user data when they interact with the business platforms and provides more details on integration with Facebook.
Further, they notified us to accept these new changes which will be implemented from February 8, 2021, onwards, to continue using the application.
“Our Services have optional features which, if used by you, require us to collect additional information to provide such features. You will be notified of such a collection, as appropriate. If you choose not to provide the information needed to use a feature, you will be unable to use the feature. For example, you cannot share your location with your contacts if you do not permit us to collect your location data from your device. Permissions can be managed through your Settings menu on both Android and iOS devices,” the messaging app wrote.
The statement has stirred over twitter that now Facebook is will access all the user’s data as it has done in the past. It’s been said that the chats and all other interacting activities will be accessed by Facebook. How much is it true? Whatsapp has claimed that these new policies don’t exploit its old data sharing practices. The personal chats will remain end to end encrypted. The private chats among family and friends won’t be affected.
The data that WhatsApp will share with other Facebook companies includes the IP address, account registration information (such as phone number), transaction data ( As it has now introduced payment feature), information on how you interact with others (including businesses) while using the app, services-related information, group activities (such as group name and profile photo) and mobile device information, (such as the battery level, signal strength).
What are the reactions of the people after the announcement?
Whatsapp clarified the sudden decision to the anxious public which started a discussion to opt for other messaging apps. Soon after, the richest person in the world, Elon Musk also tweeted “ use signal”. This resulted in a boost in the registrations of the Signal app(messaging service provider), which led to delays in the verification codes through several network providers.
The other prominent messaging app Telegram became trending on Twitter the very next day of the notification.
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Facebook has already been in the limelight for data breaching in the past. Sharing data through WhatsApp has elevated the privacy concern among the public.