At the beginning of January, WhatsApp users began to see a message warning of changes in the service regarding the data that WhatsApp collects from users and their treatment, as well as regarding the way in which businesses can use Facebook’s hosted services. to store and manage your WhatsApp chats.
In the same message that warned that in order to continue using the messaging service, users had to accept the changes.
The company then told Europa Press that the new policies do not imply material changes in the processing of data for users in the European Union, and that WhatsApp still does not share the data of these users with Facebook in order for the parent company use them to improve products and advertisements.
However, the confusion among users, the company has decided to postpone the date on which these changes will take effect (initially February 8), without this change involving suspensions or deletions of accounts among those who until now had not accepted the message informative, as explained in a statement.
From WhatsApp they also indicate that they will take “a series of measures to clarify the misinformation regarding the way in which privacy and security work in WhatsApp.” Subsequently, and gradually, users will have to review the policy, “at their own pace”, before the new options for companies take effect on May 15.
It has also reiterated that personal conversations on the platform are protected with end-to-end encryption, which means that “neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see those private messages.”