Whatsapp proceeds with the change in the privacy policy – Digitalmunition




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Published on February 19th, 2021 📆 | 6718 Views ⚑

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Whatsapp proceeds with the change in the privacy policy

I never thought Whatsapp could be this much ignorant and pompous to move on with a disastrous privacy policy update. It seems that Facebook is indeed calling the shots as the company, even after a worldwide backlash against the policy update, showed no regard for its users. In a recent blog on the website, Whatsapp announced that it would go on with the aforementioned privacy policy update while factoring in the user’s needs. WhatsApp must not be right in their mind as they claim to have heard the flak from the users and “factored in their queries” or whatever that means.

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At the beginning of the blog, the author elaborates on how the misinformation was spread among its users regarding a change in policy. According to WhatsApp, the claims and issues are baseless and they do not intend to capture any personal messages because they secured with end-to-end encryption. The past goes on to mention that they will proceed with their 2021 plans of expanding Whatsapp to accommodate business users. They are implementing new ways for users to both chat and shop with businesses. The post also hints about a charge in lieu of the business account to keep the company serving the non-business accounts free of cost.

It also mentions how they will make their current users aware of the privacy policy terms. First is what I and almost every user saw after the backlash, the status that was viewable in all WhatsApp accounts. Apart from frequent status updates, WhatsApp will be introducing a banner in the coming weeks that will serve as an active reminder about the change in the terms of the privacy policy. WhatsApp addressed the issue of users migrating to other messaging platforms in the guarantee of not using their personal data. It backed its data collection and sharing policy and said that they were only doing it to reinforce the security of the application.

This is the gist of what is mentioned in the recent blog post by Whatsapp regarding its privacy policy update. I don’t buy any of the claims made by WhatsApp as they seem to not be cognizant of the prevalent distrust in its users. For starters, WhatsApp will collect some data and has access to almost all of the confidential information that can be sourced back to you. Your photo, contact number are a few ways to retrace your digital footprint and if the data somehow falls prey to the hacking community, it will be similar to how Facebook accidentally leaked millions of user’s data.

In addition to storing your data, the new privacy policy allows Whatsapp to share it with third parties that are directly linked to the company. By the third party, the reference can be traced to Facebook, its parent company, and other subsidiary companies of Facebook that include Instagram and many more. If the data is shared with Facebook, be ready for a new wave of useless advertisements that are generated by studying your chats.

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One more claim that it will charge business accounts a tiny sum to keep the company afloat is downright insulting. Whatsapp is now at the pinnacle of the messaging application not because it is good, but because users remained loyal to the platform even if many similar applications arrived on the application store. If WhatsApp was using the group chat data, which is not end-to-end encrypted, the advertisements that you see on Facebook may have a direct correlation with that.

Whatsapp was never crystal clear about what it took from the users in lieu of instant messaging service. They are still issuing vague statements about how it will actually benefit the users and the need for a privacy policy update. To me, Signal and Delta Chat are looking more appealing now, not because they provide all the features that WhatsApp already has, but because at least do not plan to use your data and share it with other parties. The new WhatsApp privacy policy update will come into effect from May 2021.

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