WhatsApp made a public statement about the updates, and claim that the security issues are only rumours and its not as bad as people make it seem.
Below is the official statement by the WhatsApp spokesperson:
“As we announced in October, WhatsApp wants to make it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp.
sapp,whatsWhile most people use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family, increasingly people are reaching out to businesses as well.
Businesses can choose to receive secure hosting services from our parent company Facebook to help manage their communications with their customers on WhatsApp.
Though of course, it remains up to the user whether or not they want to message with a business on WhatsApp.
The update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing practices with Facebook and does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world.
WhatsApp remains deeply committed to protecting people’s privacy.
We are communicating directly with users through WhatsApp about these changes so they have time to review the new policy over the course of the next month.” – WhatsApp Spokesperson
And just hours ago, they took it to their social media to explain what is and isn’t shared with Facebook.
Below are the main points of concern explained by users addressed:
- 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 remain private.
- You can set your messages to disappear.
- You can download your data.