Amid row over reports of WhatsApp users alleging leak of their private messages with family and friends on search engines, the Facebook-owned messaging service has issued yet another clarification.
WhatsApp has said the change in its recently revised policy “doesn’t affect privacy of messages with friends or family”.
This is the second clarification to be issued by the cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service provider. It had earlier said the update would only affect business accounts.
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
It further shared a list of information “NOT 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.
The updated policy, set to come into effect from February, has prompted an exodus of sorts from WhatsApp, which has 400 million users in India alone.
Fear of privacy breach has prompted people to weigh other messages apps, such as Signal and Telegram which collected either do not collect data, or just basic user information.