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WhatsApp updates its global privacy policy

It will now share phone numbers of users with its parent company, Facebook

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 26 2016 4:14PM | Updated Date: Aug 26 2016 4:14PM

WhatsApp updates its global privacy policy

WhatsApp has updated its global privacy policy, under which it will now share phone numbers of users with its parent company, Facebook. Here's all important things to know about new privacy policy


*WhatsApp will begin to "coordinate" accounts with Facebook by sharing WhatsApp users' mobile phone numbers and device information like the type of operating system and other details about the smartphone. 


*Privacy advocates raised concerns that Facebook would start mining WhatsApp accounts for data. However, both the companies have maintained that WhatsApp would operate separately from the parent company and that its user data would not be shared without users' consent. 


*WhatsApp messages will not be shared onto Facebook for others to see nor will it be shared with third parties. Facebook will also not use user's WhatsApp messages for any purpose other than to assist WhatsApp in operating and providing their services.  

*The move will help Facebook offer more targeted advertisements on its own platform. 


*WhatsApp will continue to be ad-free. 


*The communication on Whatsapp will continue to be encrypted end-to-end. 


*Businesses will now be allowed to create accounts on WhatsApp. This means that you may receive flight status information for upcoming travel or receipt for something you purchased. 


*The Spokesperson said focus will remain on ensuring that users are not spammed and that users can block such messages. 


*Current users will have up to 30 days to accept the new policy terms. 


*Once they accept, they would have 30 more days to opt out of sharing with Facebook.