Whatsapp will stop working if you do not agree to its new terms by May 15
WhatsApp is a messenger application that can be downloaded for free on any smartphone. It uses the internet for sending and receiving messages, images, audio, or video. WhatsApp is a very popular application among friends and families who live across the globe, enabling everyone to stay in touch at any point in time. WhatsApp application is widely used across the globe for its facilities and security policies. It keeps people connected through its features.
WhatsApp was founded in February 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who were the former employees of Yahoo. But recently, Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook has acquired WhatsApp.
WhatsApp has launched its recent policies, which will allow only those to use WhatsApp who agree to the policies. This new policy will include information about how WhatsApp manages the user data and how it shares information with Facebook companies.
New WhatsApp policies.
- It has updated the additional information on how WhatsApp will handle your data.
- It has new policies and changes in communication with the business.
- WhatsApp will be sharing data with Facebook and its products for better business marketing.
WhatsApp has mentioned that their services have optional features that will require WhatsApp to collect additional information to provide those features. The user will be notified of such a collection that is appropriate for them. This facility will only be activated if you want to enable the feature. The users can easily manage the permission from settings.
WhatsApp will now be storing your messages as well as media:
The recently updated policies also say that WhatsApp will now be temporarily storing forwarded media on its servers. It means that when a user forwards a media within a message, WhatsApp will store that media temporarily in its encrypted form on the
WhatsApp servers. This feature aids in the more efficient delivery of additional forwards.WhatsApp also claims that it will store undelivered messages for 30 days. After 30 days, if the message is still undelivered, it will be deleted from WhatsApp servers.
WhatsApp will now be sharing data with Facebook and the companies that are affiliated with Facebook:
WhatsApp has added a completely new section where it mentions how WhatsApp will work with other Facebook companies and how WhatsApp will share data with them. This feature will help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market WhatsApp services and offerings. The information that WhatsApp will be sharing with other Facebook companies are as follows:
- User's account registration information.
- User's transaction data.
- Information on how the user interacts with others.
- The mobile device information that the user is using.
- User's IP address.
WhatsApp will now stop identifying contacts that are not using the application:
WhatsApp's new policies will stop identifying the user's contacts who currently do not use the WhatsApp application. This policy means that if any of the user's contacts are not using WhatsApp services, then WhatsApp will manage this information to ensure that the users do not identify those contacts.
Reasons behind the WhatsApp new policy.
The reason behind sharing WhatsApp data with Facebook is to ensure better security for the users and fight spam to improve the user experience. Though this policy was also there in their previous policy, the new policy is a sign of WhatsApp's deeper integration into the Facebook group of companies to increase online earning and business ideas. These policies will also help the company understand the user's preferences better, which will help to target ads and services by enhancing the user's algorithms.
These new terms and policies of how the company will process and share user data with its other parent companies have concerned WhatsApp users. But WhatsApp has requested its users that they must accept the new policies by May 15, 2021, to continue with the WhatsApp application, or else their account will be suspended. The privacy of a billion users is way too important to increase the practice of commercial enterprise.
WhatsApp has also claimed that it cannot access or see the user's private messages or hear the user's calls, and neither can Facebook. WhatsApp also assures that it does not maintain the user's messaging and calling logs, and it does not share the user's contacts with Facebook.