WhatsApp reassures its users in French-speaking Africa by reaffirming its privacy policy

WhatsApp recently updated its Privacy Policy, which prompted many questions. Faced with false rumors, the application wanted to clarify received ideas and reassure its users in French-speaking Africa and around the world.

Insisting on its mission to guarantee private communications to all, Whatsapp clarified that the update of the policy, which mainly concerns only messages to a company, did not no impact on the privacy of your messages with your friends or family. No change in the privacy and security of your personal messaging: personal messages on WhatsApp and Facebook remain protected by end-to-end encryption. In summary, neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or listen to your calls with your friends, family and coworkers.

Unlike mobile phone operators, WhatsApp also does not keep the history of the recipients of messages or calls. Developed to offer the possibility of communicating privately, the application allows to have completely confidential conversations.

Location sharing on WhatsApp as on Facebook also remains secret. When you share your location with someone on WhatsApp, your location is protected with end-to-end encryption, which means that no one can see your location except the people you share it with.

Concerns were also raised about the sharing of information between WhatsApp and Facebook, two applications of the Facebook Inc. group. On this point, WhatsApp wanted to dispel the rumors by recalling that the messaging application does not share your contacts with Facebook . When you give us your permission, WhatsApp only accesses the phone numbers in your address book so that sending messages is faster and more reliable. The contact list is not shared with any of the other applications offered by Facebook Inc.

Praised by African users, the groups also remain private. The process of joining a group allows messages to be transmitted and the service to be protected from spam and abuse. The information remains on WhatsApp and is not exchanged with Facebook for advertising purposes. Once again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted and WhatsApp cannot see their content.

Finally, since November 2020, for even more privacy, WhatsApp now offers to make your messages disappear after you have sent them using temporary messages. You can also download and see in complete transparency the information that WhatsApp has on your account we have on your account directly from the application.

Ultimately, the recent WhatsApp update includes changes related to sending messages to a business on WhatsApp, which is optional and does not affect the vast majority of users.

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