Phasing out features is unusual, says Whitney Merrill, a privacy attorney and former Federal Trade Commission lawyer. But other companies are going even further, she says, by blocking users altogether until they agree to a new policy. “In a way, it`s more user-friendly,” Merrill says. From WhatsApp`s perspective, slow burning gives users more chances to accept and continue using the app, rather than being banned and defecting to competitors forever. But not all at once. If you haven`t agreed to the new policy yet, you`ll see more pop-ups in WhatsApp describing the changes with a big green “Accept” button at the bottom. If you tap on it, WhatsApp will continue to share some of your account details with Facebook. If you prefer to disagree, you can first tap a back arrow in the upper-left corner of the overlay. However, over time, pop-ups will appear more frequently.

Eventually, you can`t click at all and the functionality of the app starts to deteriorate. The strength of the backlash probably surprised WhatsApp, as it reminded users of an existing policy instead of creating a new one. Just days after WhatsApp announced the changes on Jan. 4, messaging app Telegram said it had gained tens of millions of users, and Signal boasted “unprecedented” growth. In an attempt to stop the bleeding, WhatsApp delayed the full rollout of the new policies for months, giving users more time to learn about the changes. There is a lot of speculation that since WhatsApp wants us to share our data with them, they will use that data for targeted marketing and launch ads on their platform. That`s not true (at least for now)!!! WhatsApp has made it clear in its updated privacy policy that they currently have no intention of introducing third-party banner ads, but if they do, they will update their privacy policy again. Earlier this year, WhatsApp took the seemingly mundane step of updating its terms of service and privacy policy, which focused primarily on the app`s commercial offerings. However, the changes sparked a major backlash as they inadvertently highlighted WhatsApp`s year-long policy of sharing certain user data, such as phone numbers, with parent company Facebook. Instead of changing the policy that sparked the controversy, WhatsApp instead pushed back the adoption deadline from Feb.

8 to Saturday. Otherwise? WhatsApp becomes unusable. For more details, follow the link below to read the full list of data collected, However, there remains the question of how far WhatsApp had to go to perform this routine policy update. If your users have made it clear that they would prefer not to accept a new policy, and your response is to push them out of an airlock very gradually, that doesn`t prove they`re happy just because they end up agreeing,” says Matthew Green, a cryptographer at Johns Hopkins University. The reality is that for most users, agreeing to privacy policy changes won`t affect their interactions with WhatsApp much. All communications on WhatsApp will continue to be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning your messages and photos will still only be visible to you and the users you`re chatting with. And WhatsApp still can`t access your communication or share it with Facebook. During this time, WhatsApp may share user account information such as your phone number, logs about the duration and frequency of WhatsApp usage, device identifiers, IP addresses, and other details about your device with Facebook.

In addition, WhatsApp may share transaction and payment data, cookies, and location information with Facebook if you give permission. All this has been true since 2016. Once you get to the point where WhatsApp has plastered its policy notification on the interface, you can continue to use the app in some way for a while. For example, you can handle incoming calls, and if you`ve enabled notifications, you can read and reply to messages that way. However, you won`t be able to see your chat list or contact WhatsApp friends of any kind, because again, an update to the privacy policy will block your way. After a few weeks of this atrophied experience, WhatsApp will completely unplug and you won`t even receive calls or messages anymore. WhatsApp has recently updated its privacy policy and so I can feel a sense of panic among us because we have to make a very important decision here if we continue to use WhatsApp or switch to an alternative like Signal, etc. As someone who works in the field of computer science and technology, I feel it`s my duty to give you a programmer`s perspective on how these updated policies affect your privacy so you can make an informed decision. I will conclude this article by telling you what will be my decision? Whether I stay with WhatsApp or not. However, Merrill points out that WhatsApp is mainly in this situation because users obviously didn`t understand the changes made to the company`s privacy policy in 2016. “If you don`t give users a good, clear notification when you make a change, people will panic when they`re finally communicated properly,” she says. “That`s why simple, easy-to-read policies go a long way, as do updates that include a summary of the most important changes.” For WhatsApp, this bill of the 2016 privacy policy changes was expected this year.

Recalcitrants who stubbornly refuse to accept the new policy in the coming weeks will have 120 days after their accounts become inactive to reconsider. After that, the long and deliberate decoupling will really be over. WhatsApp initially said in February that anyone who unsubscribed from updates would immediately lose functionality. But the company has since decided to let the wheels detach from the car very gradually over several weeks before the app falls into a ditch and stops working altogether. 3) Usage and logging information, how you interact with other people, frequency and duration of your interactions. Because who says that Signal will not do exactly the same thing in two years, perhaps to stay in business and survive the competition! Законное и приемлемое использование. Вы обязаны осуществлять доступ к нашим Сервисам и использовать их исключительно в законных, разрешенных и приемлемых целях. You will not use (or assist others to use) our Services to: (a) violate or abuse the rights of WhatsApp, our users, or others, including rights of privacy or publicity, intellectual property rights, or other proprietary rights; (b) illegal, obscene or defamatory behaviour, threats, intimidation, harassment, racial or ethnic insults, incitement to illegal or inappropriate behaviour, including the commission of violent crimes; (c) the publication of false, misleading or misleading information; (d) impersonate another person; (e) sending illegal or inappropriate messages, such as mass mailings, automated messages, automated calls, etc.