After getting the new policy update, WhatsApp users have been concerned about the privacy of their messages and data. Now, if we clarify this, WhatsApp has issued an official statement in which they have shared detailed information on how the company intends to protect the message of users.
“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp, which is optional and provides further transparency about how we collect and use data,” noted WhatsApp.
This new policy update will be effective from February 8 globally, so if you are worried about your data, we have a brief of what you need to know.
- WhatsApp will not be able to see your private messages and neither can Facebook: All the personal messages will be protected end-to-end encryption.
- Your logs of messages and calls are not saved: WhatsApp says that they keep these record for close to two billion users and hence, they would keep these record for two billion users would be both a privacy and security risk.
- Your shared location is protected too: WhatsApp has noted in its blog post that when you share your location with someone on WhatsApp, your location is protected by end-to-end encryption. What this means that no one else can see your location except the people you share it with.
- Your contacts are not shared with Facebook: The company access only the phone numbers from your address book hence, you will not be able to share your contact lists with the other apps Facebook offers.
- Groups remain private: WhatsApp goes on to add that it does not share the data with Facebook for ads purposes.