WhatsApp Push Through Privacy Changes

WhatsApp decided that it will go ahead with its planned privacy policy changes despite the global backlash to the privacy policy update notification issued earlier this year. WhatsApp said it previously encountered a great deal of misinformation about this update and it continues to work hard to clear up any confusion around the changes.

The company will continue to proceed with privacy policy changes, but it will now communicate the consequences of these changes more effectively with its customers.  The messaging app said it has listened to feedback from its users and has learned what it could have done better in conveying the nature of the update to users.

“We’ve spent the last several weeks reviewing feedback from users and we spent time (virtually) with people from many countries,” WhatsApp said.  “This was a great opportunity for us to hear about people’s concerns and learn what we could have done better.”

The company once again stressed the fact that WhatsApp and Facebook cannot read or listen to personal conversations as they are end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp has made numerous changes to its messaging app in order to improve the way it communicates privacy policy changes to users.

“Since January, we built a way to communicate these points directly in WhatsApp through our Status feature so that over two billion users can hear the facts from us,” WhatsApp said.

The messaging app will also now display a small banner that will invite users to learn more about the updated privacy policy and the impact it will have.  According to WhatsApp users prefer this approach to the full-screen alert it previously issued regarding these changes.

“We are making it clear that this update does not change the privacy of people’s personal conversations,” WhatsApp said.

“This is about optional business features that are a part of our broader efforts to make communicating with a business secure, better, and easier for everyone.”

Following the global outcry as a result of its initial privacy policy update, many users moved to different apps including Telegram and Signal, which were only too happy to receive a significant influx of new users.

Telegram quickly reacted by acknowledging the surge of new users moving over from WhatsApp and introducing a tool to import all your WhatsApp chats to its platform. WhatsApp however has now highlighted that apps like Telegram which do not offer end-to-end encryption by default offer less privacy to its users.

“During this time, we understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer,” WhatsApp said.

“We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages – if an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default that means they can read your messages.”

“Other apps say they’re better because they know even less information than WhatsApp,” WhatsApp said.

WhatsApp believes people want messaging apps to be reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp to access limited user data.

“We deeply appreciate everyone who has helped us address concerns and remain available to answer any questions. We haven’t stopped building for 2021 and can’t wait to share more in the weeks and months ahead.”

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