WhatsApp users have until February 8 to accept the changes in the new privacy policies that will take effect in the messaging application. If it is not done, people will no longer be able to use their account.
After the user criticism of the changess, the company spoke of the changes and indicated that they want to “increase transparency”.
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“WhatsApp wants to make it easier for people to make purchases and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp. While most users use WhatsApp to communicate with friends and family, more and more people are also contacting companies. To further increase transparency, we update the privacy policies to describe that, in the future, Businesses can choose to receive secure storage services from our parent company, Facebook, to help manage communication with their customers on WhatsApp”Said a company spokesperson.
Likewise, the platform stated that “update does not change WhatsApp data sharing practices with Facebook and it does not affect the way that people communicate privately with friends or family anywhere in the world.
The app added that it is “fully committed to protecting people’s privacy.”
“We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes, so they have time to review the new policies during the next month,” said the app.
On the other hand, the CEO of WhatsApp, Will Catchcart, pointed out that “With end-to-end encryption, we can’t see your private calls or conversations, and neither can Facebook.”
“We have updated our policy to be transparent and better describe optional roles from people to businesses. We wrote it in October, this includes commerce on WhatsApp and the ability of people to send messages to a company, “said Catchcart.
The senior official also pointed out that they are “in a privacy competition with others and that is very good for the world. People should be able to choose how to communicate and feel confident that no one else can see their conversations”.
— Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) January 8, 2021
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