WhatsApp Updates Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

Whatsapp is updating its privacy policy and terms of services and has started sending in-app notifications to users on both Android and iOS. The notification informs the user about the change coming to its Terms of Service and its privacy policy. Make sure you agree to the update or else you might lose your Whatsapp account.

WhatsApp Update: Accept the Change or You might Lose Your Account

WhatsApp updates Terms of Service

The facebook-owned messaging app’s new update of terms and Privacy policy will start from 8th February 2021. So, if you want your account to work after February 8 then accept these changes when you are notified. The company has simply said that the users who don’t accept the changes will be losing their accounts.

The company is sending a notification on the app which reads as “WhatsApp is updating its terms and privacy policy”. It also mentions the key updates like, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to manage their chats, how the company processes user data.

Even the website is updated which provides the details of what changes are coming. One of the main changes that the company has made concerns about the information that is collected.

Whatsapp wrote, “When a user forwards media within a message, we store that media temporarily in encrypted form on our servers to aid in the more efficient delivery of additional forwards”.

The details about the user’s connections are also updated. If any of your contacts are not using the Services, the company will inform you and will make sure that those contacts are not identified.

Whatsapp noted in a FAQ section about the information,

“The information we share with the other Facebook Companies includes your account registration information (such as your phone number), transaction data, service-related information, information on how you interact with others (including businesses) when using our Services, mobile device information, your IP address, and may include other information identified in the Privacy Policy section entitled ‘Information We Collect’ or obtained upon notice to you or based on your consent”.

In the previous update, the existing users had the option to select not to share their account information with Facebook. However, this is not the case this time.

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