WhatsApp Users Baffled With Its Decision To Update Its Privacy Policy That They Need To Mandatorily Accept; Details Below

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy update has received backlash from its users. To restore the faith of the users, WhatsApp pushed its privacy policy acceptance date beyond February 8.

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Recently WhatsApp showed a push message every time the users opened it that said WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy and other terms and that people have to accept it or else they will lose their account on the 8th of February. People became outraged and several digital leaders showed an unwelcome move to this new update from WhatsApp. Some sections of the society called for a boycott of the popular social media platform and thereby wanted to switch to other similar platforms like Signal and Telegram. But is WhatsApp actually peeing into or privacy? Let’s find out

82% of the users decline the agreement

The new update from WhatsApp has sent its users into a jiffy as it had made accepting the terms mandatory. But the rage amongst the users and the privacy enthusiast has made them push the “acceptance” date beyond February 8 that was earlier finalized as the deadline to accept the agreement. However, 82% of the users have already declined it whereas 18% said that they are not much bothered about the update. Almost 37% of the users feel that this is a serious “breach” of privacy by the social media giant while almost 45% of the users say it is OK for them to carry on with a new update. While some of them tried to move to other apps like Signal and Telegram, there are some loyal users who refused to switch to other apps.

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Users have the right to know the extent of their privacy with the app

The basic viewpoint of the privacy policy update by WhatsApp, as mentioned by some digital experts, is that it wants to share crucial data with its partner Facebook to generate more business. While WhatsApp clearly points out that it cannot see or read the chats of its users and thus, there is no fear of any kind of privacy breach, the users are not satisfied yet. The users must know some of the details that would help them understand the privacy policy better. Like is it true that WhatsApp can read our chats? Well, NO! WhatsApp provides End-to-End encryption that makes it clear that they cannot see, read or hear our message. Not in any way is the privacy of the user affected after the new privacy policy update.

Mark Zuckerberg on the new privacy policy update

The CEO of Facebook and also the owner of WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg says he respects people’s privacy and in no way wants to hurt their sentiment through the new update. He says, “All of these messages are end-to-end encrypted, which means we can’t see or hear what you say, and we never will, unless the person that you message chooses to share it”. He also made it optional for businesses to choose or decline the new update. “We are building new features to make it even easier to transact with businesses in the app. We’re building tools to let businesses store and manage their WhatsApp chats using our secure hosting infrastructure, if they would like”, he said regarding the business WhatsApp users.

The PolicyTimes suggestion

  • In the world of digital media, every move that we make is somehow being stored in the servers. There is no way out that we can get out of the digital trap but only be careful about how we use the services. Like we must only download stuff from unauthenticated sites, never allow third-party apps permission to our phone storage, do not share confidential information through any digital platform, etc. It is only when we are careful with our moves, can we expect our personal data to be safe, not by boycotting whatsapp!

Reference articles:
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/how-whatsapps-new-privacy-policy-impacts-users-faqs-answered-2357148

https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/82-users-reject-whatsapp-privacy-policy-update-study/80492697

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/whatsapp-privacy-policy-update-optional-for-businesses-mark-zuckerberg-6405751.html

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