What are the changes to the privacy policies on WhatsApp?
The decision of the Facebook company was made to give people more time to know what adjustments the company will have. app and the implications they have. For this reason, during the last week the platform began to send a notification to its users to authorize changes within the account.
We tell you when the policies will take effect, what changes and what happens if you do not accept the changes.
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The adjustments in the regulations are focused on two specific aspects. The first is in the communication of users with company and business accounts within the application. For this, it will seek to simplify the contact process and The person will be notified from the first moment that the communication is being made with a commercial account.
“Often times, people discover businesses on Facebook or Instagram from ads that include a button that you can click to send them a message on WhatsApp. As with other ads on Facebook, if you choose to click on them, this information could be used to personalize the ads you see on Facebook, “said the app.
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Second is the link that the WhatsApp data will have with the other Facebook platforms. Among these is the fact that a person who is chatting with a business account through the app of instant messaging you will be able to see the company’s Facebook store from its profile in WhatsApp.
In addition, In countries where the Facebook Pay option is activated, users will be able to use their account on that platform to buy on WhatsApp. In addition, companies that have services on Facebook and Instagram can leave links to their application accounts in their publications.
On the other hand, in the event that a person forgets their Facebook password, they can request that a security code be sent to them by WhatsApp to activate it.
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When do the new policies take effect?
At first, the application had determined February 8 as the date on which it would begin to apply the new conditions and policies, but decided to extend the deadline due to criticism.
“We are moving the date that people will be asked to review and accept the terms. No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8th. We are also going to do much more to clear up misinformation about how privacy and security work on WhatsApp, ”the company posted when it announced the decision.
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Finally, The app will give users until May 15 to authorize the policy change, for that day the new commercial options within the application will begin to govern.
What happens if I don’t accept?
If by May 15 the user has not approved the adjustments in the rules, the company will not proceed to delete the account, but from that moment the person will not be able to access all the functions of the app, until you say yes to the changes.
The company specified that During this period, notifications and calls can be received, but messages cannot be sent or read.
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In addition, from that moment the inactive user policy will be applied. With this, after 120 days of inactivity the account will be deleted. The content stored in it will remain on the user’s device until the user deletes the app of the telephone.
The platform also clarifies that in the event that the user decides to delete their account, all the message history will be deleted, it will be deleted from all the groups to which it belongs and the backup copies will disappear.
What stays the same?
The messaging platform has clarified that these changes will not affect the security of the messages, since they will continue with end-to-end encryption, which guarantees that only the participants in the conversation will be able to access the content of the messages. What’s more, These are not stored on the company’s servers.
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