“Nothing is private anymore! We cannot afford to trust any app!” Calm down.

The Internet has been bustling with information on the updated WhatsApp Privacy Policy and how we are now exposed to Facebook.

Whats App Update

Many have been complaining about this development citing “loss of control and privacy.” It is not that bad. It is not bad at all, in fact! The hoopla is coming from those, who haven’t taken time out to research and understand the update. We, at 8views, have. Here are the takeaways:

  1. Whatever you share on WhatsApp, including messages, phone numbers, and your account information, will remain private.
  2. WhatsApp has emphasized that your messages are completely encrypted and they cannot even read them, let alone leak them to others.
  3. You will not receive any third-party banner ads on WhatsApp. The messaging app has never allowed such ads and, by the looks of it, never will.
  4. WhatsApp promises new ways for you to connect with relevant businesses such as the airlines and shopping portals. For example, you are likely to receive alerts about your flights or transactions on WhatsApp. You have the option of managing these preferences so that you save yourself from irrelevant (read spam) updates.
  5. At the end of the day, the choice is yours. If you do not wish to allow WhatsApp to disseminate your phone number to Facebook, you can simply opt-out by going to Settings > Account. Existing users have 30 days to save these preferences.

There you go! The updated Terms and Privacy Policy are nothing but WhatsApp’s bid to improve your experience. We really like the fact that these terms haven’t been dictated and we can choose our privacy and control our preferences.