WhatsApp assures users their data is safe

WhatsApp assures users their data is safe
As we have reported previously, WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. Apparently WhatsApp has posted a new FAQ section that reassures users that their data and communications are private. It may come as no surprise that the company has slipped this on to the site, considering the public uproar over the Facebook controversy. what is especially interesting is that this addition to the FAQ has come not long after the founder of WhatsApp recommended users delete Facebook via his Twitter account. It is possible that the company worried that the founder's tweet may link the app to the controversy and therefore got ahead of the game. In any case, the reassurance is there and can be found under the security and privacy section. 


What sort of reassurance you might ask?


Well, it is worth noting that the specific section applies to business messages. WhatsApp Business allows customers to connect with businesses and its not hard to see why the data exchanged here would be important to be kept private. The notice is quick to mention that each message or call is encrypted at both ends and that no one else (including WhatsApp), can view the message. The company also mentions to be still be careful, since when using WhatsApp Business, other people at the business may still see your messages. It can be expected that more and more companies will be addressing privacy concerns as the public outcry grows louder.

source: WhatsApp via MSPoweruser

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11 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3019; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Telegram is gaining traction I see.

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Do people use this app?

3. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Yes, I do, and I'm pretty sure WhatsApp is very safe to use.

5. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Around 1.5 billion users and its even used as a communication tool between companies and end users

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 1745; Member since: May 04, 2015

I can only assume you're American otherwise you wouldn't ask such a dumb question.

10. KingSam

Posts: 1281; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Exactly. It's the "iMessage" of the world. In my country it's the default communication app.

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Much more useful than instagram, facebook, snap chat and whatever.

9. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Only a couple of billion users.

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2204; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

WhatsApp only received 2 stars from the Electronic Frontier Foundation in their annual “Who Has Your Back” list because it doesn’t tell users about government data requests and it doesn’t promise to not sell your data to third parties. WhatsApps own privacy policy says: “When we share information with third-party providers, we require them to use your information in accordance with our instructions and terms or with express permission from you”

11. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1402; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Thanks for the info. Didn’t knew about this that they can share information to third party devolopers. But can’t help as everyone in my contact is on WhatsApp it’s like BBM of older days or iMessage of now.

6. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

They have have to say that lol

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