This platform also explained the amount of information the WhatsApp automatically collects. This includes the users’ activity on WhatsApp, their service settings, their interactions with other WhatsApp users, the time and duration of their activities on WhatsApp, log files, similarly as performance reports and logs.
Key updates of WhatsApp terms of service
“How organizations can use Facebook hosted administrations to store and manage their WhatsApp chats. The way we( WhatsApp) partners with Facebook to supply integrations across the Facebook Company Products,” the notification read.
“Our Services have optional features which, if used by you, require us to gather additional information to supply such features. you may be notified of such a set, as appropriate”. “If you select to not provide the data needed to use a feature, you may be unable to use the feature,” the Facebook-owned messaging app published on its website.
So what type of data is collected?
Well WhatsApp on its site state that it will collect data like:
- Account Information
- Messages: Normal messages till they are delivered or temporarily Insent for 30 days
- Payment and Transactions data
- Location and Status
- Contact info and Reports
- Business and Third party data
What to do?
Well, it is completely up to you. If you tap agree, you will allow Whatsapp to collect your data or you can press not now but after feb. It will be deny and you will not be able to use Whatsapp services after that. Point to be noted here that WhatsApp was bought by facebook in 2004 and now the data is linked to facebook.
Facebook has faced lots of criticism related to data selling, data theft and all. So it is upto you whether you trust facebook for this, whether you have some private Information in WhatsApp or not, whether you want your data to be shared.
Are there any alternatives?
Yes, there are lots of better alternetives to WhatsApp in the market
- iMessages (Apple only)
- Google Messages (Android only)
“If you do not permit us to gather your location data from your mobile/device, you can not share any of your location along with your contacts. Permissions will manage through your Settings menu on both Android and iOS devices,” it added.
So, this is a update of WhatsApp terms of service.