WhatsApp: Are their new Terms of Serv....
WhatsApp: Are their new Terms of Service really sharing more of your information with Facebook?
Digital Account Manager
Monday 1st March 2021
When the announcement was made about the WhatsApp update earlier in the year, this worried users as it was believed that it would share more data with their parent company, Facebook. This caused millions of users to remove themselves from the app and by 12th January 2021, WhatsApp had fell from the 8th most downloaded app in the UK, to 23rd place. With people leaving the messaging service of WhatsApp, this caused growth for other messaging services like Signal, who gained a staggering 7.5 million users globally over the first three weeks of January.
So, what is the truth behind the new WhatsApp policy?
WhatsApp are committed to privacy for their users and have stated that this is not changing. With encrypted messaging remaining, this means that no one outside of your conversation can read or listen to your chats, not even WhatsApp or Facebook. WhatsApp users can breathe a huge sigh of relief to know that encrypted messaging is here to stay and that their personal messages will remain and stay personal and private.
Privacy is of high importance to WhatsApp and so they have confirmed that the following aspects will not be changing:
- The security and privacy of your personal chats with family and friends will remain the same, with no changes in the new policy.
- You are in complete control of who you message on WhatsApp and so it is your decision as to whether you share your number with another user
So, if there are new Terms of Service to accept, something must be changing, right?