Facebook-owned WhatsApp has issued another clarification amid the controversy over the reports of the users of instant messaging platform claiming that their private messages have been made public on search engines.
According to WhatsApp, the change to its recently revised policy “does not affect privacy of messages with friends or family”. “Instead, this update includes changes related to messaging a business on WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp shared the following list of information “NOT shared with Facebook”.
WhatsApp cannot see your private messages or hear your calls and neither can Facebook
WhatsApp does keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling
WhatsApp cannot see your shared location and neither can Facebook
WhatsApp does not share your contacts with Facebook
WhatsApp groups remains private
You can set your messages to disappear
You can download your data
WhatsApp further explained: “We don’t share this data with Facebook for ads. Again, these private chats are end-to-end encrypted so we can’t see their content.”
We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP
This update raises privacy concerns for WhatsApp users, as it will allow the messaging app to share data such as IP address, browser details, location, phone number, signal strength, phone battery level, etc with its parent company Facebook as well as its subsidiaries.