What are the new terms and privacy policies?
Additional information on how WhatsApp handles your data.
Changes in communication with businesses.
How WhatsApp shares data with Facebook and its products.
In its ‘Information We Collect’ section, WhatsApp has mentioned, “Our Services have optional features which, if used by you, require us to collect additional information to provide such features. You will be notified of such a collection, as appropriate. If you choose not to provide the information needed to use a feature, you will be unable to use the feature.”
Why do I need to accept this policy?
What are the important policy changes?
It has further used the example of location sharing and location permissions to try to explain this point. It also mentions that permissions can be managed by Android and iOS users from settings.
WhatsApp will now store your messages and media
One of the updated policies also mentions that WhatsApp will now temporarily store forwarded media on its servers. “When a user forwards media within a message, we store that media temporarily in encrypted form on our servers to aid in more efficient delivery of additional forwards.”
WhatsApp has also said that it stores undelivered messages for a period of 30 days, and if the message is still undelivered, it gets deleted from its servers. “If a message cannot be delivered immediately, we keep it in encrypted form on our servers for up to 30 days as we try to deliver it. If a message is still undelivered after 30 days, we delete it."
WhatsApp will now share data with Facebook and its affiliated companies
WhatsApp has added a new section that mentions how it works with other Facebook companies and how it shares data with them to ‘help operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our Services and their offerings’.
The information that WhatsApp shares with other Facebook companies includes:
Your account registration information.
Information on how you interact with others.
Mobile device information.
Your IP address.
WhatsApp will stop identifying contacts that are not using the app
As part of its new policies, the app will soon stop identifying your contacts that currently do not use its app. “If any of your contacts aren’t yet using our Services, we’ll manage this information for you in a way that ensures those contacts cannot be identified by us.”
If you do not agree with WhatsApp’s new terms and privacy policies, you will not be able to use the app after February 8, 2021.
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What about data location and storage?
WhatsApp’s new policy states that even if a user does not use their location-relation features, they collect “IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location (city, country).”
WhatsApp says that any businesses that users interact with may provide the platform with information as well. The policy further explains content shared with a business on WhatsApp will be visible to “several people in that business.”
It also states that some “businesses might be working with third-party service providers (which may include Facebook) to help manage their communications with their customers.”
What about payments data?