Is WhatsApp’s new Policy a Hoax ?

Recently WhatsApp has modified their Privacy Policy which talks about what information they will collect and how it may affect you or me.

The update is global for both android and iPhone users and is mandatory to be accepted if we wish to continue using the services by WhatsApp. They are one of the Facebook Companies therefore the data collected is organised by a single authority which is none other than Facebook itself led by Mark Zuckerberg. WhatsApp uses Facebook’s global infrastructure and data center, including those in the United States to store user data which may require this data whenever needed which means: In some cases your data might be transferred to Facebook’s affiliate companies, as mentioned “these transfers are necessary to provide the global Services set forth in our Terms.”

Facebook acquired this platform in 2014 for $19 billion. Jan Kaum (co-founder), however, he quit four years later amid differences with Facebook over data privacy — or using user data for targeted ads. Facebook went ahead with the plan to monetise WhatsApp which was never planned by the developers themselves.

Privacy is a Myth in Digital World

Everything you say digitally can be collected, and can be used to track, stalk, steal, and monitor your activity.

That is 100% true and this updated policy proves it right, governing and monitoring on how the user data is shared with Facebook, businesses on the platform and other third-party services. Basically your data is the price for using their services.

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.

Your information is collected and processed for further market ready materials which is then purchased by other companies to offer you advertisements based on your interest, they know you better than you know yourself. They can manipulate you in your own choices of things with that data you provide to them.

The Policy Updates

According to the updated policy, WhatsApp shares information with Facebook companies to improve the service which includes delivery systems, promoting safety, fighting spam, improve user experience through personalised suggestions, and for relevant offers and ads. But is this really required? I mean why would I allow someone to monitor my WhatsApp data and then give me ads based on it in some other platform by Facebook.

Read the detailed policy here. Long story short this is what all they want messaging, calling, Status, groups (including group name, group picture, group description), payments or business features, profile photo, “about” information, your last seen, Transaction data, if users use WhatsApp Pay or purchase products through it.

Information on how you interact with others (including businesses) when using WhatsApp, Usage And Log Information, Device And Connection Information, Location Information(if not allowed by user even then this is automatically collected)

WhatsApp’s new policy states that even if a user does not use their location-relation features, they collect “IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location (city, country).”

You have to agree on this policy if you wish to continue using their service by February 08, 2021.

Time to look for other Alternatives ?

Well it depends on you! how you see these things and does they really affect you or your work. In my opinion I would never allow some company to deliberately spy on me and then develop my AI model to judge me on my own choices.

Signal and Telegram are now better alternatives if you are concerned about your privacy. Its high time now and we need to stop falling prey to the foreign app makers and start promoting our very own “MAKE IN INDIA” applications like India’s own WhatsApp: Telegram, which is more about a communication application rather than a data collector.

See you next time, let me know your opinions in the comments below. Will you accept the terms and why? Have a good day and Happy new Year!

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