WhatsApp’s New Terms And Privacy Policy Update. Deadline, 8 February 2021

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WhatsApp has updated its terms of service and privacy policy for the users that will be effective from February 8, 2021. An alert message from the social media giant WhatsApp has been popping up on the devices of its users all over the globe about the update, which is asking its users to click one of the two options “Agree” and “Not now”. Users have to click “Agree” to accept these in order to continue using the app platform till February 8, 2021, or delete your account.

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Update pop up

The older versions of WhatsApp privacy policy used to start with the following tag lines:

Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA. Since we started WhatsApp, we’ve aspired to build our Services with a set of strong privacy principles in mind.

The update in the terms and privacy policy expands on the “Information You Provide” section with details on how the messaging platform WhatsApp will use user data and, more importantly, share it with its parent company Facebook and going forward with third parties’ businesses. The policy further explains in “Automatically Collected Information” which includes a massive variety of information that WhatsApp collects from its users. Some of this collected information includes the WhatsApp usage, profile picture, phone model, operating system information, battery status, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number), group details, time zone, IP address, payments & transactions, status updates and many more. These were not mentioned in the previous WhatsApp policies.

WhatsApp has also added a small and significant section called “Transactions and Payments data” specifying that the platform will process additional information for transactions made using the app. Although the company claims that this is for analytics purposes, it would provide its unique identifiers to other Facebook Companies and businesses.

WhatsApp’s new terms and privacy policy gives more insight about location:

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