Tuesday, 12 January 2021

WhatsApp's new policy: Is there any risk to your personal information?

As early as 2021, Facebook, the company that owns WhatsApp, has changed its security policies and started informing about 2 billion users about the privacy policy through a notification. WhatsApp users will have to approve this new security policy by February 8, 2021.

Many people have accepted this notification without reading it. But a large number of WhatsApp users are concerned about the new security policies.

What is the new security policy?

According to the new policy, WhatsApp is forcing its users to accept new security policies if they want to continue using the app in the future.

Failure to do so will result in the deletion of their account.

WhatsApp now has the right to share information about you with Facebook, Instagram and other companies. This data includes the user's phone number on which the WhatsApp is registered, as well as the IP address (location to use the Internet connection), mobile phone or laptop information, including its model and company, when the WhatsApp application And how long used, status, groups, payments or business features, including a few technical things, including profile photos.

What difference will these changes make?

This raises the question of whether WhatsApp will share all this useful information with another company for the first time.

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for 19 billion. Since September 2016, WhatsApp has been sharing its data with Facebook. This year, however, WhatsApp has made it clear that it will make regular changes to its security policy.

Keith Cart, head of WhatsApp on Facebook, explained the new policies in a Twitter message: "We've updated our policy to make it more transparent and to better explain business features to the public." While we wrote about the new policy in October 2020. This includes the ability to trade on WhatsApp and send business messages to people. It is important for us to clearly understand that this update defines business communication and does not change the way WhatsApp shares data with Facebook. It does not affect our general customers. Users can chat privately with friends and family.

Digital rights watchdog believes the new policy could affect users who do not use any social applications other than WhatsApp, such as Facebook and Instagram. Their metadata will also go to companies that until now only had WhatsApp. "Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT ain't for me either.

Can Facebook or other companies read my WhatsApp message now?

no. Your conversations on WhatsApp are kept secret from each other, meaning that all your WhatsApp chats, including audio/video calls, photos, videos, and all the content sent in the chat are completely secure and only available to the people you're talking to.

According to experts, WhatsApp's new policy is not about sharing your general data with Facebook more than ever. It refers to your data and your engagement with its platform, purchases, and other business activities.

The use of WhatsApp's alternative applications has increased

Due to concerns among WhatsApp users about the new security policy, a large number of users are looking for other apps with similar features to WhatsApp. A large number of WhatsApp users have started using apps like Signal and Telegram.

On January 7, 2021, the Signals app sent a message on Twitter to new registrants: 'Verification codes are currently delayed from reaching multiple users as there are still many new people registering signals. Trying We are working with carriers to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Similarly, many WhatsApp users who want to quit using WhatsApp and move to other applications are also trying to find out which app is better to use. It is only after this comparative analysis that most consumers are moving to Signal or Telegram.

Will WhatsApp's new policy apply to users around the world?

No. These new policies do not apply in Europe, Brazil, and the United States. This is mainly due to the strict privacy laws in place. WhatsApp is bound to follow them.

Reacting to Pakistan's response to the new policy, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry wrote on his Twitter account: "Following WhatsApp's sensitive consumer data sharing policy, we are working on a strong data protection law. Are considering ways to ensure the privacy of our citizens.

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