WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy and Its Legal Consequences: 10 questions which need to be answered

  Let’s get some straightforward answers:


1.       What are these new privacy policies of WhatsApp?

In the new terms of service and privacy policy, WhatsApp reveals the kind of data it collects from users and stores them in its database. It should be noted that WhatsApp has been collecting the same data since 2016.


2.       Can WhatsApp able to read our private chats and calls?

WhatsApp claims to use end-to-end protection layer, which means no third person, even WhatsApp can not  able to read your chats. But yes, maybe WhatsApp is not able to read or listen to what you are texting or speaking, but it may track to whom you are texting or calling, so be extra careful about it.


3.       Then what data WhatsApp collects and shares with Facebook?

The information which WhatsApp is sharing with Facebook includes but not limited to:

  1.   Account registration information,
  2.   details on how users interact with others including business,
  3.   mobile device information,
  4.   IP address,
  5.   battery level,
  6.   signal strength,
  7.   app version and
  8.   Browser information etc. 

4.       To which companies the information will be shared with?

No one knows. Each and every company which Face Book owns, controls, partnered, or even acquire in future, all are included.


5.       Is it mandatory for us to accept these updated privacy policy?

Yes, WhatsApp only presented two options before us: accept or leave.


6.   What if we’ll not accept these terms and conditions?

According to last notification issued by the WhatsApp, you will no longer be able to use WhatsApp after the 15th May 2021, if you not align yourself according to their new policies.


7.       What are the available alternatives?

There are plethora of options available, but Telegram and Signal are two of the most popular apps amongst all of them.

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8.      Is WhatsApp pushing these privacy policy updates all over the world without any discrimination?

Oh! Simply the answer is no. For example: in European countries, they have their General data protection regulation Law (GDPR), and WhatsApp, or for that matter, any other application, has to abide by that Law, which means they are not going to enforce this update in all these European Countries.


9.          Do we have any Law available in India to stop the WhatsApp from doing all these stuffs?

No, not at all. There is only very limited protection available for all of us, in the form of Information Technology Act, 2000. In addition to it, the 2019 personal data protection bill, which is still pending in the name of evaluation, also fails to recognize such type of privacy threats.


         10.   Last and the most important question; is simply deleting WhatsApp from your phone enough if you don’t want to continue with these updated privacy policy?

No, you have to follow some simple steps before deleting the app:

  1.   Open the WhatsApp app,
  2.   Click on more options,
  3.   Choose settings option,
  4.   Click on account, Privacy, security, change number,
  5.   Delete my account,
  6.   And follow the instructions. 

Note: the ministry of Information and technology of India has sent a strongly worded letter to the WhatsApp about its new terms and conditions. We are presenting some of the highlights of the letter before you:

  1.   It expresses serious concerns about the WhatsApp’s updated Privacy Policies,
  2.   It urges to respect the data privacy of Indian users,
  3.   It records strong objection for its discriminatory policies for the different countries,
  4.   Disclose exact category of the data, which WhatsApp collects from the Indian User,
  5.   And last but not the least, it requests not to implement the new policies in India.



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