Whats-app policy update 2021
Towards the beginning of May 2021, WhatsApp reported that you won't lose your
record on the off chance that you don't acknowledge the new update. Nonetheless,
you will have just restricted admittance to your record.
Thus, assuming you intend to keep utilizing this messaging application,
tolerating the policy is fitting. Be that as it may, before you do, here's
There are three principal sorts of changes coming to WhatsApp in 2021. They
base on how:
What Personal data will Whats-app collect and store?
- WhatsApp processes your information.
- Businesses use Facebook services to store and oversee WhatsApp chats.
- WhatsApp will coordinate with other Facebook products.
In accordance with its new policy, WhatsApp will gather hardware information
Your phone's battery life and signal strength, the mobile network, connection
information (such as your phone number, mobile operator, or ISP), the version of
the app you're using, browser information (such as language and a time zone),
your IP address, device operations, information, and identifiers are all
included (including identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated
with the same device or account). The previous policy did not cover this aspect
What information will Whats-app share with Facebook?
The new policy allows WhatsApp to share nearly all of the aforementioned data
with Facebook. Your mobile number, IP addresses, information from phones, how
you interact with different people and businesses, and other details are
expressly prohibited under the terms.
The new update makes it easier to avoid friends!
WhatsApp is introducing the ability to quit a group secretly and a mechanism to
hide your "last seen" status from particular friends.
WhatsApp began by default obscuring users' online status to strangers in
December. Even if this was a positive move, your whole list of contacts can
still see if you're online. However, WhatsApp's next update, which will allow
you to select which contacts can view your status, is meant to remedy that. So,
turn on the setting for that user if you don't want someone to notice that
you're ignoring their message; that way, they won't (hopefully) ever see the
Another useful feature being introduced is that you can leave the Whats-app
groups now secretly. Currently, the app (quite obnoxiously) alerts every user in
the group of your departure, which may cause some group members to message you
privately to inquire as to your reasons for leaving. The new function should
help remove the unpleasantness that comes with ending a discussion because it is
the digital version of Irish Goodbye, the act of leaving a party without telling
WhatsApp claims that it will begin implementing these two capabilities this
month and that it is also developing a method to prevent users from
screenshotting "view once" messages. View once communications, which function
somewhat like a photo or video sent through Snapchat, disappear after the
recipient has seen them once, as opposed to disappearing messages, which
disappear after a set period of time. Users could be discouraged from saving or
disclosing sensitive information by adding a feature that blocks screenshots.
Although this functionality is currently under testing, WhatsApp promises to
make it available to users "soon."
This year, WhatsApp has introduced a number of other minor yet significant
changes. The site has started enabling Android users to move their conversation
history to iPhone in addition to introducing emoji reactions and a means to
speed up audio communications.
The Union government has told the Delhi High court that it viewed the new
laws and sought directions to social media platform to make it clear that it was
confirming to the same.
The central government's assertion was made in front of a bench consisting of
Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh during the course of hearing
claims went into effect on May 15 and has not since been postponed.
India is a major market for WhatsApp, accounting for more than 400 million or 40
crore users, and the move could have major implications for the instant
effect on May 15, it would not immediately begin deleting the accounts of users
who had not agreed to it and would instead work to persuade them to do so. The
site stated that each user will be handled on a case-by-case basis and that
there was no set or universal time limit beyond which it will begin deleting
The bench gave notice to Facebook, WhatsApp, and the Union government and
requested their positions on one of a lawyer's arguments that the new policy
infringes users constitutionally protected right to privacy. The Union
government said during the hearing that the policy was against Indian IT laws
It claimed to have written Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the matter and was
awaiting a response, therefore the status quo for the application of the policy
needed to be maintained.
WhatsApp refuted the claim by claiming that it was following Indian IT laws and
regulations and that its policy was effective as of May 15 but that accounts
wouldn't be immediately deleted.
The Union government stated that it was concerned that WhatsApp was treating
Indian users differently from European users when it came to choosing not to
when the case was first brought before a single judge.
Additionally, it had stated that the government was looking into the issue since
Indian users were being "unilaterally" exposed to the instant messaging
WhatsApp criticism: Backlash from business leaders
Top business leaders joined the discussion as consumers began posting memes on
WhatsApp to show their outrage at being coerced into adopting these agreements.
Tech tycoon Elon Musk sent out a straightforward, two-word tweet that directed a
significant number of people to an alternate app. His straightforward response,
"Use Signal," also had a huge effect. The user base of the non-profit instant
messaging service Signal quickly increased significantly.
Yet Elon Musk wasn't the only one. Indian business moguls, Anand Mahindra, the
head of the Mahindra Group, Sameer Nigam, the CEO of PhonePe, and Vijay Shekhar
Sharma, the creator of Paytm, all urged their followers to switch to alternate
platforms; Mahindra and Nigam all recommended Signal.
In a statement earlier this week, WhatsApp clarified that the amended privacy
policy would have no bearing on users' private chats, which would continue to be
protected by end-to-end encryption. Group chats and calls made using WhatsApp
would also continue to be protected by the same level of security. The Facebook-owned
platform guaranteed that neither it nor Facebook would have access to text or
would solely have an effect on how companies use WhatsApp.
In order to further integrate Facebook services across products, businesses
might share the chats of business accounts with individuals with Facebook.
However, the chats of two non-business accounts would not be accessible to
anybody else, it had been made clear. According to the statement, WhatsApp will
not share any user's contact list with Facebook and would also prevent the two
platforms from seeing locations provided during private talks.
Written By: Indrabha Biswas
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