Another major concern is the kind of data that WhatsApp will now collect -hardware data like time, frequency and duration of interactions, payments data, general location, signal strength, phone’s battery level, and other similar user information. This data when shared with Facebook can increase targeted marketing, invading the personal space of users.
WhatsApp has tried to clarify that the private chats of individual users will remain unaffected by these new policy changes and announced again that WhatsApp does not store chat information and has no access to personal files of the users. This new policy will only apply to the users of the WhatsApp business version. However, the chats of individuals with business accounts are not an exception to the policy.
Even with numerous announcements by the company, the mass sentiment among users remains the same. This reflects the mindset of the users not willing to compromise over their privacy preferences anymore. People were already concerned and this was a mass trigger that was long-pending.Business account holders who want to safeguard their user information are also hesitant as they do not want to share the information that their users have entrusted them with.
With people looking for options that are reliable not only in terms of accessibility but also provide safe and secure communication channels, there are numerous platforms providing means of communication not just for texting but a wide range of audio and video communication and many other integrated services as well. It is time to take the matter into our hands and choose what’s best for us.
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