WhatsApp NEW Privacy Policies!
WhatsApp recently pushed out an update in their privacy policies, this article talks about are the policies bad/good or do they impact so much on the messaging concept, is the privacy safe or not.
Basic WhatsApp Messaging Policy
The basic WhatsApp Messaging Policy is when you send a message to a person, till the person sees the message, it remains on the sever but still it’s encrypted, once the message is seen it is removed from the server. However the messages are end-to-end encrypted, that is, it is in a coded form very very hard to encode so there’s no way the messages are leaked.
What Information Does WhatsApp Collect?
WhatsApp to function properly and flawlessly needs to collect some basic information. The information collected is The Device’s Hardware Model, OS Information, Battery Level, Signal Strength, WhatsApp Version, Browser Information(Web WhatsApp), Phone Number, ISP Information, Language and Time Zone, IP Address.
Does WhatsApp Have Your Location?
Yes, WhatsApp does collect your location either from the live location you share with anyone or by the basic information collected(IP Address, Phone Number, etc.). They use the location for security purpose, to enhance the Business WhatsApp features. Also, this information will be given to Facebook so the advertisements on Facebook can be personalized.
Will Ads Be Added On WhatsApp Alike Facebook?
No, WhatsApp won’t be adding any third-party advertisements neither on the preface nor on the UI.
Is There A Minimum Age For Using WhatsApp?
Yes, for the European countries the minimum age for legally using WhatsApp is 16 Years and for the rest the recommended age is 13 but there’s no such rule, so anyone can use WhatsApp legally.
What Data Will Not Be Shared With Facebook?
The privacy and security of your personal messaging
We can’t see your personal messages or hear your calls, and neither can Facebook: Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or hear your calls with your friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp. Whatever you share, it stays between you. That’s because your personal messages are protected by end-to-end encryption. We will never weaken this security and we clearly label each chat so you know our commitment.
We don’t keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling: While traditionally mobile carriers and operators store this information, we believe that keeping these records for two billion users would be both a privacy and security risk and we don’t do it.
We can’t see your shared location and neither can Facebook: When you share your location with someone on WhatsApp, your location is protected by end-to-end encryption, which means no one can see your location except the people you share it with.
We don’t share your contacts with Facebook: When you give us permission, we access only the phone numbers from your address book to make messaging fast and reliable, and we don’t share your contacts lists with the other apps Facebook offers.
Groups remain private: We use group membership to deliver messages and to protect our service from spam and abuse. We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads purposes. Again, these personal chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content.
You can set your messages to disappear: For additional privacy, you can choose to set your messages to disappear from chats after you send them.
You can download your data: You can download and see what information we have on your account right from within the app.
Courtesy : WhatsApp FAQ
Should You Accept The Policies?
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