WhatsApp: new terms of use, consumers coerced into agreeing

To prevent losing access to the app, WhatsApp has agreed to amend the Terms of Service and Conditions of Use, requiring users to follow the updated privacy guidelines. If we think about all the utilities that ask us every day if we want to approve the terms of use, it is not completely fresh news, even if it is an underlying requirement in fact.

3:36 PM GMT, Saturday, December 5, 2020

“The “Terms and Privacy Policy Changes” screenshots were posted by WaBetaInfo. The latter claims the latest words apply to how user data is handled by the world’s most common chat app. You accept the new terms by tapping Accept, which will come into force on February 8, 2021,’ says the update. “After this date, you will have to accept the new terms to continue using WhatsApp or you can always delete your account.”

WhatsApp states to The Independent that by February 8, 2021, all members “must accept the new terms. A spokeswoman for the firm says the improvements apply to how enterprises work on the app and communicate with customers. You will find more information about what this would mean in an October blog post.

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After Facebook acquired the service in 2014 in a transaction worth $ 19 billion, WhatsApp has faced multiple detractors. WhatsApp founder Jan Koum stepped down as the company’s CEO in 2018. It is especially concerned with privacy and data protection. “Nowadays, companies literally know all about you, your friends, your interests, and they use everything for their advertisements.”

“A large amount of their tech staff spends the day optimizing data processing in any ad company. In order to gather personal details, they are concerned with writing better code. “Remember, you are the product when advertising is involved “. Near sources at the time told the Washington Post that there was an irreconcilable confrontation over the decision by Facebook to use personal information for promotional purposes.

In an interview with Forbes following his resignation, co-founder Brian Acton said I have sold the privacy of my customers to a greater benefit. I’ve made my decision. And each day, I deal with it. “WhatsApp was never going to be safe last year the founder of competitor messaging app Telegram said. “Looking back, there wasn’t a single day in the 10-year journey of WhatsApp that this service was safe.”