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WhatsApp responds: “Facebook can’t read your apps”

WhatsApp has clarified its privacy policy and the data it shares with Facebook. It does so in response to the criticisms that have arisen in recent days.

WhatsApp privacy policy

The world’s most popular messaging app, WhatsApp, has been attacked in recent days. This is due to the privacy statement gone awry with many users. WhatsApp has said it will share more data with Facebook, the parent company.

WhatsApp clarified in a post on ‘frequently asked questions‘Facebook cannot display users’ private messages or phone calls. “WhatsApp or Facebook cannot listen to the calls or read the messages you send to your friends, family or colleagues. Whatever you share, it stays between you. This is because more personal messages are protected by a end-to-end encryption, ”the report says. mail service.

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) ensures, according to the messaging service, that when you share your location with others, that information also remains private. Moreover, WhatsApp makes it clear that it does not keep the call logs of two billion users and that such a thing would lead to huge security risks. Finally, WhatsApp states that it does not share your contacts with Facebook. The messaging app only reads your phone numbers for the app to work and after giving your consent.

Changes for businesses

WhatsApp admits that its new privacy statement will bring changes for those who communicate with businesses through the WhatsApp Business service or accounts. After all, the messages are not encrypted and the company in question can in principle use the information for marketing purposes. WhatsApp claims that this information is always collected, even during phone calls or email traffic you have with businesses.

Businesses with a business account can also collect information through WhatsApp about the products you buy through the messaging service, and WhatsApp finally says that a button can appear in Facebook ads that can connect users with a business on. WhatsApp all at once.

However, the amended privacy policy will not yet result in any changes for WhatsApp Business accounts in Europe. We owe this to GDPR regulations, which are stricter privacy rules that apply in the EU. Are you concerned about privacy on WhatsApp? Has it installed alternative messaging services like Signal and Telegram in recent days? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this article.


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