WhatsApp’s new Privacy Policy- Fair or Unfair?

By Rimzhim Sharma September 22, 2016 Tech News

Text messaging has grown in a stupendous way since the birth of “WhatsApp”. Now it is not only limited to simple messaging but we can do a lot more that- Send unlimited messages, pictures, your current location, share contacts and what not! And all this at a cost of just penny. With the use of our existing data plan we can experience all these awesome features and stay connected with our friends and family round the world. WhatsApp messenger is a cross platform messaging app which allows us to exchange messages without having to pay for standard SMS charge. Our favorite instant messaging app has made slight changes in its current privacy policy which has brought its user in a state of turmoil.

The new Privacy Policy

Recently a news has hit the headlines that WhatsApp is making some alterations in its existing privacy policy. The new policy plainly states that WhatsApp will now be Facebook integrated i.e. it will now share information, based on our Facebook account in order to provide targeted ads and recommend better friend suggestions. However, there will not be any direct sharing of our contact details and photograph but yes it has been stated that they’ll co-ordinate more with the Facebook and other group of companies.

Once we have accepted the new policy agreement “We will share some of your account information with Facebook and the Facebook family of companies, like the phone number you verified when you registered with WhatsApp, as well as the last time you used our service,” the new terms of service say. The shared information will include-the name of our device, our online status, usage and other log info.

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Maybe Unfair but yes Surely Legal!

The news of WhatsApp’s updated policy is hitting a buzz globally. Some users have even filed a petition to court complaining that “WhatsApp is now compromising the rights of user”. Regardless of all these objections the court has stated that all these changes are fairly legal. The only way in which it would have been illegal was if the company performed all this without user consent or without the opt-out option.

Is it mandatory to accept the changes?

Technically Yes, there is no way out. We have to accept the privacy policy within 30 days before proceeding further or maybe stop using the service. Once we accept we have another 30 days to opt out the “Facebook Sharing” option otherwise there is no backing out.

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WhatsApp has been safeguarding our security since a long time and has assured us that all this info will not be used for advertising purpose or to increase the spammer attacks. When WhatsApp introduced its end-to-end encryption it was informed to each and every single user. But this time the changes are not been pre informed and will be only mentioned in the terms and conditions page (which most of us not even read before accepting). WhatsApp has ensured us that the new policy will not breach our privacy and is only created in order to enhance our user experience in a much more delighted way!

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."