WhatsApp Privacy Policy 2021 Explained
WhatsApp has clarified, your private messages will be completely secure

WhatsApp privacy policy explained

A new data policy has been implemented by WhatsApp. Users have been given a deadline to accept this privacy policy before 8 February 2021. After this, the account of users who do not accept the privacy policy will be deleted. The company directly says that either share your information or delete the account. But after all, what is the information of the users, who wants to get from WhatsApp users and as a user whether you need to panic or not, then the answer is that you absolutely need to panic. But one aspect of this is that free apps are not really free, then indirectly make money from your data. If you want to keep your data secure, then you should pay. In such a situation, let’s know what data is accessed by WhatsApp of its users and with whom it shares this data.

Let us know that WhatsApp app is a subsidiary of Facebook group and Instagram is also a subsidiary of WhatsApp. In such a situation, WhatsApp will share the user’s data with all its subsidiaries. Also, some third party apps will also share WhatsApp user data. This includes CrowdTangle, Onavo and some online payment services.

There will be huge revenue from data

Data is currently being called oil. This means that there is a huge earning on the basis of data. The Facebook company earns heavily on the data of its subsidiary WhatsApp. Also, the company gets easier in marketing. This data is earned directly by sharing it to the third party. WhatsApp stores the complete information of what you are searching on your phone and phones.

Which information will be accessed

mobile number
Bank detail
Device location
device ID
Transaction id
Personal chat
Video
Image
Call recording

WhatsApp privacy messages

The app has one big privacy protection, end-to-end encryption, which means no one can read the content of a message other than you and the person who receives it. Even so, if you’re a WhatsApp user, you may be sharing more information than you realize with your contacts—or anyone with your phone number. WhatsApp has clarified, your private messages will be completely secure

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Will WhatsApp share your messages with Facebook?
No. The privacy policy does not change the way WhatsApp treats personal chats. WhatsApp remains end-to-end encrypted — no third party can read them. In a statement, WhatsApp said: “The update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family… WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy.”

What data will WhatsApp share with Facebook?
Data exchange with Facebook is in fact, already taking place. While users in the European Union can opt out of data-sharing with Facebook, the rest of the world does not have the same choice.

WhatsApp shares the following information with Facebook and its other companies: account registration information (phone number), transaction data (WhatsApp now has payments in India), service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses), mobile device information, and IP address. It is also collecting more information at a device hardware level now.

Why does this data exchange with Facebook matter?
The policy gives reasons for the data-sharing with Facebook: from ensuring better security and fighting spam to improving user experience, which were there in the previous policy as well.

But the new policy is a further sign of WhatsApp’s deeper integration into the Facebook group of companies. CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019 talked about his cross-platform vision across Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp — he called it “interoperability”.

Instagram’s Direct Messages and Facebook Messenger have already been integrated. Facebook wants to bring more services to WhatsApp, and has added a feature called Rooms. The integration has been taking place for a while now.

Does it mean WhatsApp will use your data for ads?
WhatsApp doesn’t show ads yet, and the reported plans appear to have been shelved. If you are worried that personal messages will be used to target ads on WhatsApp, that won’t happen because they are encrypted.

But the increased data sharing with Facebook will be used to improve ad experience across other products of the company.

Is WhatsApp storing messages?
No, says WhatsApp. According to the privacy policy, once a message is delivered, it is “deleted” from the company’s servers. WhatsApp stores a message only when it “cannot be delivered immediately” — the message can then stay on its servers “for up to 30 days” in an encrypted form as WhatsApp continues to try to deliver it. If undelivered even after 30 days, the message is deleted.

What does the policy say about data shared with businesses?
The new policy explains how businesses get data when a user interacts with them on the platform: content shared with a business on WhatsApp will be visible to “several people in that business”. This is important because WhatsApp now has over 50 million business accounts. For WhatsApp, this is a potential monetisation model.

The policy says that some “businesses might be working with third-party service providers (which may include Facebook) to help manage their communications with their customers”. To understand how the business is handling the information you share with them, WhatsApp recommends that users read the “business’ privacy policy or contact the business directly”.

Do you have to accept the privacy policy?
Yes, this is standard practice for most software. If you don’t want to, you can delete your account and switch to another service.

A lot of people seem to be switching to Signal from WhatsApp.

Signal is another messaging app, free and end-to-end encrypted, and which has gained a popularity push in light of the new WhatsApp policy. WhatsApp uses Signal’s protocol for its encryption. But Signal is not owned by any corporation, and is run by a nonprofit.

 

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