We cannot see your private messages: WhatsApp clarifies rumors’

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After users flooded the internet by alleging WhatsApp to leak their private messages on search engines, the Facebook-owned messaging app issued another clarification following another privacy policy update.

WhatsApp made it clear that the recent changes in their revised policy will not affect any of its users’ privacy of messages with friends and family. It also said, “This update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp”.

According to WhatsApp, the below list of things that will not be shared with Facebook:

  • WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook.
  • WhatsApp does keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling.
  • WhatsApp cannot see your shared location and neither can Facebook.
  • WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook.
  • WhatsApp groups remains private.
  • You can set your messages to disappear.
  • You can download your data.

While addressing one of the biggest concerns regarding “group privacy”, the Security and Privacy section of the WhatsApp website reads, “We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content.”

This marks the second clarification in a row issued by the widely used messaging app since it updated its privacy policy explaining the data sharing with its parent company Facebook. It is mandatory for the users to accept the new terms of use which will be in effect from February.

This has fueled a large heap of controversy among people following the privacy concerns and fear of security breach. A large number of users are switching to other messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram that doesn’t collect any other data except for basic user information. Telegram has seen 25 million users hike in the last three days following the backlash. 

Recently, a Hindustan Times source has revealed that the Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology is likely to summon Facebook officials for a meeting. “The issue was discussed, but not as a matter of formalized discussion. You can expect the panel to take up the matter.” the HT source said.

 

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