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'We Want To Address Some Rumours': WhatsApp Updates On Privacy Policy Row
Date 12/01/2021 17:14  Author admin  Hits 114  Language Global
WhatsApp clarifies again on updated privacy policy amid row. Says "update doesn't affect privacy of messages with friends or family". Lists information "NOT shared with Facebook".



WhatsApp Clarifies On Privacy Policy Update Amid Criticism


Amid row over reports of WhatsApp users alleging leak of their private messages with family and friends on search engines, the Facebook-owned messaging service has issued yet another clarification.

WhatsApp has said the change in its recently revised policy "does not affect privacy of messages with friends or family". "Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp".

It further shared a list of information "NOT shared with Facebook".


    - 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 remains private.

    - You can set your messages to disappear.

    - You can download your data.





Addressing one the biggest concerns about "group privacy", WhatsApp in the Security and Privacy section of its website states: "We don't share this data with Facebook for ads. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can't see their content."

For "additional privacy", it suggested users change message settings to "disappear from chats after you send them". Complete steps on how to accomplish this have been shared on its website.

This is the second clarification to be issued by the cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service provider since it revamped its privacy policy stating it will share data with its parent company Facebook.

It is mandatory for the user to accept the new terms of use, failing which the user's account would be deleted when the policy comes into effect in February.





- NDTV
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