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In order to use the app, you will finally have to accept new privacy terms from WhatsApp

by Ronil Thakkar

In order to continue using the messaging service, WhatsApp has released a blog post advising users that they will ultimately have to embrace its contentious privacy update.

There is a new initiative for the site to ask users to check its terms of service and privacy policy. It is now using the Status feature on the app to communicate its beliefs and notifications directly inside WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company said.

WhatsApp said, discussing the flak it got after it revealed changes to its privacy policy in January, “We have previously encountered a great deal of misinformation about this update and we continue to work hard to clear up any confusion.”

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Fresh texting, same contradictory language

WhatsApp acknowledges that it should have done things differently, but at the same time, it did not raise any questions about the unwelcome policy changes. For example, the platform has previously argued that it cannot see the mutual position of its users, nor can Facebook. However, the Privacy Policy also specifies the following:

We collect and use precise location information from your device with your permission when you choose to use location-related features, like when you decide to share your location with your contacts or view locations nearby or locations others have shared with you. There are certain settings relating to location-related information which you can find in your device settings or the in-app settings, such as location sharing. Even if you do not use our location-related features, we use IP addresses and other information like phone number area codes to estimate your general location (e.g., city and country).

This is only one example of WhatsApp’s contradictory language in terms of privacy. The backlash that the update experienced earlier forced the firm to postpone its roll-out.

Now, WhatsApp says it will display a banner in the app in the next few days, “providing more information that people can read at their own pace.”

“We will eventually start reminding people to review and accept these updates to keep using WhatsApp,” the company added.

A statement to quitters of WhatsApp

WhatsApp wrote the following in its blog post to users who are transitioning to other channels such as Telegram and Signal:

We understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer. We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages – if an app doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default that means they can read your messages. Other apps say they’re better because they know even less information than WhatsApp. We believe people are looking for apps to be both reliable and safe, even if that requires WhatsApp having some limited data. We strive to be thoughtful on the decisions we make and we’ll continue to develop new ways of meeting these responsibilities with less information, not more.

What do you think of the most recent blog post from WhatsApp? Does it encourage you to stay back on the network, or are you still opposed to the recent improvements to privacy? In the comments section below, share your thoughts.

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