Individual and Group chats are Encrypted
We want to be clear that the updated policy has no impact on the privacy of the messages you send to friends and family, according to the messaging juggernaut. End-to-end encryption is still used to protect your private messages, as stated in the tweet you can see below.
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
WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021
Can Facebook See your WhatsApp Contacts or Location?
Your private messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted, so neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read them or overhear them. Who you call or text is not recorded by the business. It claims that while telecom companies often preserve this data, WhatsApp does not because doing so poses a significant security risk to its 2 billion users.
Worried WhatsApp can see your contact list or precise location? Will it share the same with Facebook so that ads may be more effectively targeted? It is not possible to see your shared location, according to the FAQ page. According to the messaging behemoth, sharing your live location within the app is also end-to-end encrypted and only visible to the sender and recipient.
Data Sharing Happens When you Interact with Businesses
WhatsApp claims that in order to make messaging quick and dependable, it only accesses the phone numbers from your address book.
It differs from Facebook in this regard. Additionally, it is claimed that your group chats are private and won’t be abused by third parties or used to target advertisements. Setting the message to expire after 7 days will help you protect your privacy more effectively. As an additional privacy protection, WhatsApp launched this feature earlier in the year.
Your buying behaviour (how you interact with products or any business) can be used to customise your experience when you use the Facebook Shops feature, which is gradually being integrated into the WhatsApp Business app.
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