Whatsapp Addresses the Privacy Concern

There is one popular saying in English. 

“If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product”. 

This suits well in the present world where data is everything. The globe works on different types of data and privacy is slowly diminishing. Google can locate you, Facebook can find you and if the chats are leaked, only god knows what can happen. Amongst the applications that a man is commonly using these days, Whatsapp has become the whole and sole for life. There are millions and billions of customers using it without any concern. However, people have started to raise the complaints on Whatsapp as they find the new privacy policy of Whatsapp as exhilarating. In order to avoid the issue, Whatsapp has floated its own status to address the concern. 

People believed that Facebook, the parent company of Whatsapp, can read the messages sent by both the sender and the recipient. Also, they also thought that the end-to-end encryption will be removed, which can allow others to read the chats. In order to address the concern, Whatsapp answered using the status option. They also gave a full page newspaper ad to solve the issue. 

Talking to media, Whatsapp said:

Going forward, we’re going to provide updates to the people in the Status tab so people hear from Whatsapp directly, Our first update re-affirms that Whatsapp cannot see your personal messages, and neither can facebook, because they are end to end encrypted.”

Whatsapp re-affirmed:

“We want to be clear that the policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family in any way. The changes are related to optional business features on Whatsapp, and provides further transparency about how we collect and use the data”. Moreover, they are also providing an optional business feature to improve the businesses.   

 

However, the damage is already done. People have already downloaded Signal and Telegram in numbers to sail out of Whatsapp. Whatsapp have extended their deadline till May but they are adamant about their privacy policy. One can observe a large migration if Whatsapp fails to heed to the demands of a common man’s privacy. It remains interesting to see how things can pan out in the upcoming days and months.