WhatsApp’s Plans With New Privacy Policy: Here Is What You Should Be Aware Of

WhatsApp’s Updated Privacy Policy

Highlights:

  • WhatsApp will implement the new Privacy Policy in India on May 15th
  • WhatsApp earlier was going to implement the updated policy in January but was forced to postpone due to major backlash
  • WhatsApp has re-iterated its intention with the update in the Privacy Policy

World’s most used messaging application, WhatsApp, has unveiled its updated plans which it is claiming will help its users to review the new terms and of service and much-contested privacy policy. Earlier, WhatsApp was supposed to implement its new and updated Privacy Policy in January this year, however, after facing major backlash from the users, the messaging application postponed the deadline to the 15th of May.

The Facebook owned messaging app has now re-iterated its intention to update the Privacy Policy. However, they will also be adding a few new features within the application which the firm claims will help its users understand the new policy and clear the “misinformation around it.

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Here are the changes that WhatsApp users need to know of:

  • WhatsApp is building new ways to chat and even shop with a business present on WhatsApp that are entirely optional.
  • Personal messages will continue to remain end-to-end encrypted, hence, WhatsApp cannot read or listen to them.
  • The application will now use the “Status” feature to share their values and updates directly within WhatsApp.
  • The messaging application, In the weeks to come, will display a banner in WhatsApp providing more information that people can read at their own pace.
  • The banner will include more information to try and address concerns that users have been raising.
  • Eventually, the app will start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp.
  • WhatsApp claims that in order to keep the app free for users, they charge businesses to provide customer service on WhatsApp.
  • The app also tried to clear the air with their data-sharing model with Facebook. The messaging application uses some shopping features which it claims involves Facebook. This is done so that businesses can manage their inventory across apps.
  • In the time to come, WhatsApp will display more information directly within the application so users can choose if they want to engage with businesses, or not.
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