New WhatsApp Terms And Conditions: Here’s What You Need to Know
WhatsApp will not delete the accounts of those who have not accepted when the deadline arrives.
On May 15, the long-awaited new WhatsApp Privacy and Conditions policy will come into force. An update of the terms and conditions that in the past has caused strong reluctance on the part of users and an increase in registrations in Telegram, which caused delays in its implementation.
However, WhatsApp has warned that, although users will be forced to accept the new terms and conditions, it will not delete the accounts of those who have not done so by the deadline of May 15.
“While most of the users who have received the new terms and conditions of the service have accepted them, we have appreciated that some of the people have not had the opportunity to do so yet,” explains the WhatsApp statement without going into details about the percentage of users who are reluctant to accept changes.
WhatsApp has been sending notifications to its users during the past months to inform them about this change, which has in mind, among other things, the integration of purchase and sale services in WhatsApp.
“Some purchasing functions are integrated with Facebook so that companies can manage their inventories through the applications”, as well as “so that people can choose whether they want to communicate with companies or not,” as explained by WhatsApp.
Users could already use the ‘app’ to communicate with companies present in WhatsApp Business to chat and purchase products. With the latest news, companies will have paid services, but not users, who will continue to use the service for free.
As a Facebook company, WhatsApp shares the data it collects with other group companies, just as these companies share user data with WhatsApp.
It also installs ‘cookies’ “to operate and provide services, as well as provide Internet-based services, improve experiences, understand how services are used, and personalize them.”
In addition, information is added from third parties, from other users with whom the user contacts or who have the user’s phone number in their agenda, from complaints of alleged infractions, from the companies with whom the user interacts in the app or from service providers. .
The company has indicated that the new policies do not imply material changes in the processing of data for users in the European Union.
The application has also reiterated that users’ messages “will continue to be end-to-end encrypted forever”, an encryption mechanism that makes them only readable by the sender and receiver, “so WhatsApp will never be able to read or listen to them”, ensures the company.
Among the data shared with Facebook, WhatsApp highlights its use to promote security through, for example, “security systems and the fight against spam, threats, abuse or activities that violate the law.”
The application also aims to improve its services and user experience with the integration of data, such as suggestions of friends or group connections or content, personalize functions, help make purchases and “show relevant advertising and offers through the products of Facebook companies “.
The rest of the functions focus on the integration of WhatsApp with other Facebook services, such as the Facebook Pay payment platform to pay for products or services on WhatsApp or allow chatting with WhatsApp from the Portal smart screens.