WhatsApp clarifies on privacy policy; says no effect on individual chats

New Delhi: WhatsApp provided clarification on its recent privacy policy update and stated that the latest change didn't affect the privacy of messages sent to friends and family in any way.

The instant messaging platform said it wanted to 'address rumours', and that reiterate that it will 'continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption'.

It said it could not see your private messages or hear your calls.

It also emphasised that its parent company Facebook could also not read messages or calls of its users. The new development comes amid public criticism against WhatsApp over its privacy policy update that took place last week and will be applicable from February 8.

Addressing user concerns over the privacy policy update, WhatsApp released a new FAQ page on its site that highlights private communication on the app.

“Neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can read your messages or hear your calls with your friends, family, and co-workers on WhatsApp. Whatever you share, it stays between you,” the platform said.

In a thread, it added, "Our privacy policy update does not affect the privacy of your messages with friends or family."


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