Published on January 9, 2021 at 12.38
KT explains the new WhatsApp updates that you need to agree to before February 8.
So what does this new update mean?
Let’s look at what’s changing
After that, the real worry begins here. But what’s the worry anyway?
In other words — according to WhatsApp, too — when you as a user sign up for this service, information such as IP address may be provided to the third-party in question or to another product owned by Facebook. So, technically, nothing has changed… except that WhatsApp has now chosen to elaborate further on what it means by “data sharing”.
Yet what should worry you and me right now is how more people will have greater access to your data. Remember how you use Google Drive or iCloud to backup your chats? These services stand to get access to your messages.
A lot of us don’t read the terms and conditions in full before accepting them but WhatsApp has explained in great detail how they work with Facebook and its group of companies, including the kind of information which is exchanged. This includes information around safety and security around Facebook products and service experiences such as making suggestions for users, personalised content around purchases and transactions.
A good example of WhatsApp-Facebook integration is the ability to transact on WhatsApp using Facebook Pay, which is right now available in the US.
The software part is done. Will WhatsApp be collecting any hardware information too?
What we know right now, according to WhatsApp, is that it is also collecting new information from your device, including battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information and identifiers. What you should know is that none of these were mentioned in the previous policy. (Image: Reuters)
So you want to delete your WhatsApp now? There’s an update for that, too
What about data location and storage?
So what have you decided to do with your WhatsApp app on your phone? Or are you giving them more time to, maybe, hopefully, relent? Let us know.