Whatsapp gave users two options under the new policy, wherein they could either agree to share the information with Facebook or stop using the app and delete the Whatsapp account. The policy caused a nuisance in the users, and they did not take it lightly. At this right time, Elon Musk urged people to use another messaging app, Signal. This rival app saw a massive boost in new users.
It also explained that the update now provides more transparency on how WhatsApp collects that data. But even with this clarification, the updated policy raises some red flags about users’ privacy and permission.
Whatsapp explained that it is an end-to-end encrypted service. And it will not weaken its security, and each chat is labeled for users to know what is happening with their information. Keeping records for two billion users is a privacy and security risk, and that they don’t do it. It also reminded users of the disappearing messages feature. This new feature launched a few months back just for additional privacy, allows the users to opt for automatically letting the messages and chats disappear after seven days.
Again for the users who are still worried about what information is being collected by WhatsApp. They can download it from the app by going to the Settings, then Account and then Request Account Info. This will generate a report in three days so that users know what is happening to their information.
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