WhatsApp updates privacy amid Facebook data sharing ‘confusion’

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WhatsApp has delayed a privacy policy update, causing confusion among users that it could mean extensive data sharing with Facebook, the owner of the messaging app.

WhatsApp said in a blog post on Weekend, “We have heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update. There is a lot of misinformation and we want to help everyone understand our theories and facts.” .

Specifically updates related to features that allow users to send messages and interact with businesses on WhatsApp. Last year, Facebook announced that businesses using WhatsApp could store and manage their chats with customers using Facebook’s “secure hosting infrastructure”.

As part of this, a business can view the content of the message between itself and the user and use that information for its own marketing purposes, which may include advertisements on Facebook.

WhatsApp was set to start prompting users on February 8 to accept the updated terms to continue using the app. But Facebook said it is now pushing the date forward for people to review and accept the terms. On February 8, no one will suspend or delete their account on Facebook. People will have a chance to review the policy “slowly” before new trade options become available on 15 May.

WhatsApp said the privacy update caused “confusion”. Many users took this to mean that the app would be sharing more data, including messages, with Facebook.

Many users were concerned that the updated privacy policy indicated extensive data sharing between WhatsApp and Facebook. But that is not the case. Since 2016, WhatsApp has shared some data such as your phone number with Facebook.

But the content of the messages cannot be viewed by WhatsApp or Facebook. This is because they are encrypted. He is not changing.

However, users concerned about their privacy viewed the messaging apps signal and Telegram. Both these apps call themselves privacy-focused and both have reported surging downloads.

On Saturday, Signal suffered an outage due to influx of users. Signal said it was “adding new servers and additional capacity at a record speed every day” last week and the app came back online on Sunday.


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