Whatsapp New Privacy Policy and Updated Terms of Service: Any Questions?

Whatsapp have updated their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This article should help clarify questions you have about these updates. Click Here for the official WhatsApp TOS page.

Why is Whatsapp updating Their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy?

Whatsapp is updating their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to make them easier to understand and to reflect new WhatsApp features and services. For example, the updated Terms and Privacy Policy refer to new features such as WhatsApp Calling, WhatsApp for web and desktop, and end-to-end encryption, as well as their plans to help you communicate with businesses using their service. They also explain that we are part of the Facebook family of companies. While WhatsApp will continue to operate as a separate service from Facebook, we plan to share some information with Facebook and the Facebook family of companies that will allow us to coordinate more and improve experiences across our services and those of Facebook and the Facebook family.

They also explain that we are part of the Facebook family of companies. While WhatsApp will continue to operate as a separate service from Facebook, whatsapp plans to share some information with Facebook and the Facebook family of companies that allows to coordinate more and improve experiences across our services and those of Facebook and the Facebook family.

Will WhatsApp Display or Sell Ads From Now On?

Till now, WhatsApp does not allow third party banner ads on WhatsApp mobile app. However, in future, WhatsApp will start services that support your business to communicate via WhatsApp. Few example services are:

  • Through order
  • Transaction, and appointment information
  • Delivery and shipping notifications
  • Product and service updates, and
  • Marketing

If you have booked a flight/train/bus, you will receive notification on WhatsApp reminding you of the schedule. A receipt may directly be sent to your WhatsApp screen if you make some purchase. If you have placed an online order, the delivery status will also be communicated via WhatsApp.

The interesting thing is that the notifications or messages you receive may contain a special or promotional offer.

When these features go live, one can customize the service which is required or not required. Whatsapp will honor your choice if you decide not to receive any service from them.

Are My Personal and Contact Information Shared with Facebook and It’s Family of Companies?

Whatsapp will share your phone number to facebook. It is the number (Whatsapp verification Code was sent) used to verify your WhatsApp service. The other information that will be shared is the last seen time. It helps WhatsApp and facebook to determine how active you are in using their service.

Just because the phone number is shared to facebook, it does not mean that someone can view it. It is only the system that has access to it. No human can view it via any means.

Whatsapp claims that this information is shared with facebook to fight against spam and abuse.

No other information like WhatsApp messages, chat history, photos, videos, Audio and video calls will be shared with Facebook and its companies. If you are using the latest version of WhatsApp, then all the details will be end-to-end encrypted by default. No one except the sender and the recipient can view or read the content.

There are 3 main reasons why your WhatsApp information is shared to facebook:

  1. It is possible to count the actual number of users.
  2. Fight against spam and abuse effectively.
  3. You will get better friend suggestion in facebook and the ads displayed will be more related to your interests.

Do I Need to Create a Facebook Account for Using Whatsapp?

No. You can continue to use Whatsapp without a facebook account. The WhatsApp information will be shared to facebook account only when you have an account. Having no Facebook account is not an issue for using WhatsApp.

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Amudhakumar is a passionate blogger and writes for Appnol.com. He graduated from Sainik school and holds a Bachler's Degree in computer science. Holds 6 years of experience in leading MNC's like Accenture, CSS Corp, and Amazon India.

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