WhatsApp Updates Terms of Service with its New Privacy Policy : Risk of Losing your Account and more!

WhatsApp users will be required to either accept the updated privacy policy and terms of service or lose their access to the app from February 8, 2021.

by Akansha_B Updated: 26 Jan, 2021, 09:41 IST
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WhatsApp updated its Terms of Service and privacy policies late Tuesday evening, i.e., 5th December 2020. While the pop-up terms and conditions forced users to agree to its new privacy policy or else users can risk losing their account access.

"WhatsApp is updating its terms and privacy policy," the pop-up Notification stated sent to Android, and iOS users. The Facebook-owned messaging app began sending in-app notifications to its users about the change in its Terms and privacy policy, along with all the details. 

It provides the changes WhatsApp will make to its privacy policy and terms of service one accepted. Users have further been provided with a choice to agree to the update straight from the full-screen notice. There has been a surge of tweets after the changed policies notification was out and started trending on Twitter. The previous update about WhatsApp UPI Launch was also trending on several social media platforms. 

WhatsApp Key updates on Terms and Privacy Policy

The in-app notification also shared details about its key updates, comprising three main points. The key updates included how user’s data is processed, how businesses can use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats and how they have partners with Facebook to offer integrations across the Facebook Company Product.

WhatsApp's new terms of service and privacy policy will go live on 8 February next month as per the messaging app informed. To continue using the app, WhatsApp users will have to accept the terms and conditions. If the users do not accept the new terms of service, they will no longer be able to use their WhatsApp accounts from 8 February.

Overview of how the App will Change

WhatsApp has further updated its terms and privacy policies on its website and shared a detailed overview. The firm additional shared details on how much of the data is collected automatically by the messaging app.

You can check all the details on its official website about their Privacy policy and more. The updated privacy policy and terms of service will come into force on February 8, 2021.

Let us know what your views on the latest updates for WhatsApp.

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Why is whatsapp forcing their users to accept all their tnc’s and being bossy here confused
Today itself i received this notification and i just clicked on not now stuck_out_tongue

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Beware of Chinese app grimacing

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It’s time to use hike

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Just to share my thoughts with you guys, I started using whatsapp in 2011 in galaxy fit running Android eclairs, I remember I have paid annual charges for 2 years for using whatsapp, IM was still niche and the idea that now you don’t have to pay for messaging was great relief, one of it greatest feature in whatsapp was to compress pictures without much affecting it’s quality, later it became free resource, much later it was acquired by Facebook, I still prefer it over others because I really had such great bonding session over it , I really won’t mind fb getting to my phone contacts till it doesn’t reach my chat account, I believe above terms and conditions is how fb can monetize you contact data in different ways, customer has to know these things since digital compliance has become strict now, so nothing to fear about it

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thesamuraiconvoy148 wrote:

Just to share my thoughts with you guys, I started using whatsapp in 2011 in galaxy fit running Android eclairs, I remember I have paid annual charges for 2 years for using whatsapp, IM was still niche and the idea that now you don’t have to pay for messaging was great relief, one of it greatest feature in whatsapp was to compress pictures without much affecting it’s quality, later it became free resource, much later it was acquired by Facebook, I still prefer it over others because I really had such great bonding session over it , I really won’t mind fb getting to my phone contacts till it doesn’t reach my chat account, I believe above terms and conditions is how fb can monetize you contact data in different ways, customer has to know these things since digital compliance has become strict now, so nothing to fear about it

Change your mind again cause now they have access to your every data and chart content. What you type, what you share everything and they may use or share that data with anyone they desire.

Switch before it’s too late

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MrKool_JJ wrote:

Why is whatsapp forcing their users to accept all their tnc’s and being bossy here confused
Today itself i received this notification and i just clicked on not now stuck_out_tongue

Indeed we don’t have a choice here, but the update has its own benefits like- encrypted media, backed up for chats and saved contacts. There are features you won’t be able to use if you don’t update. You can check the detail about it on their site.

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Beware of Chinese app grimacing

WhatsApp is an American freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service owned by Facebook, Inc.However you are right staying away from Chinese Apps smile

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linc wrote:

Beware of Chinese app grimacing

Chinese Chinese boltay hai but Central govt projects(Road project) ko Chinese ko dia hai, check latest news

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I think the difference is just that they have mentioned about it in the privacy policy so that nobody files a lawsuit. Otherwise, it’s hard to believe that Facebook wasn’t using all this data already. People have problem with this, but not when they use cobranded credit cards(like flipkart amazon), Google services, Facebook itself. What I know is, as soon as you’re on internet, there is nothing like privacy. It’s just that how much you know about the risk. WhatsApp disclosed it, other apps would capitalize it. But privacy, I don’t know, no guarantees.

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I think the difference is just that they have mentioned about it in the privacy policy so that nobody files a lawsuit. Otherwise, it’s hard to believe that Facebook wasn’t using all this data already. People have problem with this, but not when they use cobranded credit cards(like flipkart amazon), Google services, Facebook itself. What I know is, as soon as you’re on internet, there is nothing like privacy. It’s just that how much you know about the risk. WhatsApp disclosed it, other apps would capitalize it. But privacy, I don’t know, no guarantees.

I would like to add that, since 2016 whatsapp is sharing data with facebook. And this new privacy policy doesn’t really impact how it was collecting user’s data before it started showing this privacy policy notification. In my opinion this new terms & privacy policy is a good move which makes it more transparent and is also beneficial for the users. All those people who have now awakened (uninstalled whatsapp and started signal/session/threema/telegram/etc.) are no different with people who are still using whatsapp. Because thier “data profiles” were already been made and tech giants know already much about them. If they really care about their privacy they must introspect themselves and ask do they use everything without google products, a paid vpn, tor, open source softwares, since they started using internet? Using one privacy oriented messaging software doesn’t make a difference. The battle of privacy was long lost by us, the tech giants know almost everything about us, much more than people know about themselves. Instead of debating about whatsapp we should focus on more privacy & data protection law and remove “I have nothing to hide” mentality. If the data is the hands of companies then it might be a bad thing, but it would be worst when it goes in the hands of government. Influencing political thoughts is the endgame and we should fight regarding that. I think in this era, if you are online you have no privacy.

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I would like to add that, since 2016 whatsapp is sharing data with facebook. And this new privacy policy doesn’t really impact how it was collecting user’s data before it started showing this privacy policy notification. In my opinion this new terms & privacy policy is a good move which makes it more transparent and is also beneficial for the users. All those people who have now awakened (uninstalled whatsapp and started signal/session/threema/telegram/etc.) are no different with people who are still using whatsapp. Because thier “data profiles” were already been made and tech giants know already much about them. If they really care about their privacy they must introspect themselves and ask do they use everything without google products, a paid vpn, tor, open source softwares, since they started using internet? Using one privacy oriented messaging software doesn’t make a difference. The battle of privacy was long lost by us, the tech giants know almost everything about us, much more than people know about themselves. Instead of debating about whatsapp we should focus on more privacy & data protection law and remove “I have nothing to hide” mentality. If the data is the hands of companies then it might be a bad thing, but it would be worst when it goes in the hands of government. Influencing political thoughts is the endgame and we should fight regarding that. I think in this era, if you are online you have no privacy.

Exactly!

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