WhatsApp is updating its privacy policy and this change has landed the instant messaging app in controversy. The last date to adopt this updated policy was earlier February 8, but later the company changed it to May 15. WhatsApp is facing criticism from across the world as the developer is changing the way user data sharing is done on its platform. However, the Facebook-owned company has claimed that this policy will not affect the privacy of ordinary chats. The company says that the new policy is designed to provide businesses with a personalized experience by sharing user details.

There has been a lot of confusion around the new policy. There are many questions in the minds of users that what is the new policy of WhatsApp, how will it affect the users, what user data will the company share and what will happen if you do not accept the new policy. Here, we are giving you the answers to all these questions.

When will WhatsApp implement its updated privacy policy?

WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was planned to be implemented on all accounts by February 8. However, after facing criticism, the Facebook-owned company explained to the public and through some announcements that the company has shelved the update. But even that did not work out. Finally, WhatsApp has postponed the new privacy policy till May 15.

What all data is shared if you agree to the updated privacy policy?

WhatsApp has made it clear since the announcement of its new privacy policy that the update is primarily aimed at business accounts using the platform. This means that once the updated privacy policy is accepted, app user details such as their phone numbers and transaction data will be shared with businesses. But still, WhatsApp has said that these changes “will not affect chats made with anyone.” The company has a blog post Through this, it has also been clarified that the app will continue to provide end-to-end encryption for private messages of users. Along with this, it was also told that the company does not collect logs of users’ messages and calls.

The new privacy policy also says that WhatsApp will now share data with its parent company Facebook and its other subsidiaries. This was a major reason behind the criticism. WhatsApp, however, also clarified that the new policy will not expand its existing data sharing capabilities with Facebook. The company also said that it cannot see the location shared by its users nor does it share its contacts with the parent company. However, this does not mean that WhatsApp does not share any data with Facebook. The company has already been sharing a lot of information of its users with the social media giant.

What will happen if you don’t agree to the updated WhatsApp privacy policy?

WhatsApp had initially not given any clarity on what would happen to a user’s account if they did not accept the new policy. However, on its FAQ page, the company has written that if the user does not accept the new policy, he/she will not have the full functionality of the app.

the company page But it reads (translated) “For the time being, you will be able to receive calls and notifications, but will not be able to read or send messages in the app.” of TechCrunch Report That “some time” by WhatsApp means a few weeks. WhatsApp has said that users will have a chance to accept the update after May 15.

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