Meanwhile, the company has issued a statement regarding its policy. WhatsApp says that users’ private messages and calls will be completely safe, as well as end-to-end encryption.
The company has made its point in 7 points by tweeting. WhatsApp wrote in the caption of the tweet, “Let us make it 100% clear that your private messages will be safe even though end-to-end encryption.”
Let’s know what WhatsApp said in its statement-
No records of messages or calls-
WhatsApp does not keep a record of who the user is calling or messaging. The company said, “While mobile operators usually have this type of information, we believe that keeping this record of 2 billion users is both a privacy and security threat, so we don’t do it.
Will not see messages or calls-
The company has made it clear that WhatsApp or Facebook cannot see your private messages nor listen to your calls. WhatsApp features end-to-end encryption, which ensures that only the sender or receiver can read the user’s messages. Even the company itself will not be able to see your chat.
Cannot see location-
Whatsapp group will remain private-
Similarly, WhatsApp stated that group chats will remain private and encrypted. According to the company, ‘We use group memberships to deliver messages and protect our service from spam. We do not share this data with Facebook for advertising purposes.
Shares do not share contacts-
WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook. The company said, “When you give us permission, then we only access the phone number from your list, so that messaging can be fast.” They are not shared with any other apps.
Disappear your message-
WhatsApp referred to its recently released message feature. The company said that users can set up their messages to disappear. Actually, after enabling this feature, your messages disappear from the chat themselves after 7 days.
Can download data-
The company said that users can download their data if they want. This feature has been given to users in the app itself. For this, go to Users Settings, then Account, and then Request account info. Here you will see the option of Request report. Tap on it and your report will arrive within 3 days.
The update also said that in order to continue using WhatsApp, users will have to agree to the new rules and policy by February 8, 2021. Since then, a debate started about WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook users around the world.
Originally published at https://www.myteachworld.com on January 13, 2021.