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What’s going on WhatsApp? from Privacy Policies to Facebook Scandals
You may or may not have heard, that WhatsApp has changed some of its privacy settings overseas, although not directly affecting us in the UK and Europe, we still delve into all the nitty-gritty and what these changes will mean to users globally.
Thank you GDPR! WhatsApp changes do not affect people in Europe and the UK
The users in other countries still don’t need to panic. Here’s what WhatsApp has got for you.
WhatsApp messenger wants to ensure a stable support system for the 175 million people who are regularly using a business account. Yes, that’s correct! The changes are for ‘businesses’ as WhatsApp is making the art of business communication and their platform a much safe and better place.
Enabling customer service
For those users interested in opting for purchasing Facebook products, this is for them. Businesses that are constantly in contact with customers, need a stable pillar to enhance their communication and productivity. Guess what! Facebook is ready to provide such a magnificent service to businesses. So once the business starts using this service, WhatsApp messenger surely offers their chat to be labelled.
The app has also improved by allowing you to shop directly using Whatsapp with Shop-on feature which was previously given by Facebook or Instagram.
WhatsApp clarifies that all the information shared or conveyed by the users to one another is completely protected or secured through end-to-end encryption. The servers have no right to read or use the users’ data by any means. So that’s a thumbs up!
WhatsApp has to use some of our information to make their service work. It has to collect some information such as your contact or mobile number to help you create an account on WhatsApp. Secondly, if you prefer to use its enhanced or new features then again you have to provide a little more to the server. For instance, if you want to use the feature of sharing your location with your pals, then you got to share your location with WhatsApp as well. This is an easy, one on one game. Here is what information you need to provide.
If you want to use WhatsApp messenger you have to provide the server with your mobile number, and the name under which you are going to use your account.
The messages you send to one another are saved within your device and not on WhatsApp messenger itself so you don’t have to worry much but remember if there are some undelivered messages then these are going to be kept safe within the server for 30 days only. Once delivered your message is deleted and so is the case with the media files you dispatch to your buddies through WhatsApp.
The Facebook scandal!
Well, this was a surprise though Facebook had been reported to store or perceive the user’s data for advertisement purposes. Things went completely viral when Cambridge analytical used 87 million users’ data just for political access. What were they thinking? This scandal was reported almost everywhere including press, social media, and even on the streets. All the data was sorted through the use of a Quiz which convinced millions to try, and once they used it their personal information and histories were stored and reaped. Quite a shame!
What are the alternatives to WhatsApp?
Well, this is another great option since it has two amazing features, apart from providing security to the data. It allows you to form a group with 200, 000 users. Can you imagine? And secondly, you are all free to share data up to 2 GB.
Other alternatives include:
The list is never-ending but you need not worry because WhatsApp is still the same, the only changes it made are for businesses so you can still use WhatsApp messenger the same way. And if you are a UK or European user, you are protected by GDPR!