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    Answered: What Happens If I Don’t Accept WhatsApp Privacy Policy?

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Monday, 22 February - 11:19 · 1 minute

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Here’s what will happen if you don’t accept WhatsApp policy. You can either comply with the new policy or you can look for alternatives. The new WhatsApp privacy policy was taken back by the company when it came under fire from a large section of its users.

Now, WhatsApp is making a second attempt at explaining its new privacy policy. This time around, the company has issued more detailed clarifications about what’s in the new WhatsApp privacy policy. So if you’re asking “what happens if I don’t accept WhatsApp privacy policy?” — here’s the answer.

Agree To WhatsApp Privacy Policy, Or Leave.

If you disagree with the WhatsApp privacy policy after May 15, your WhatsApp account will become inactive. WhatsApp has created an FAQ page showing the stages of making an account inactive.

WhatsApp privacy policy update is coming with more clarification

The page says that you will be able to receive calls and notifications for a “short time” but you won’t be able to read or send messages from WhatsApp. So your WhatsApp account will be there but you won’t be able to use it.

After May 15, the WhatsApp policy for inactive accounts will apply to your account. This means that unless you agree to the new privacy policy, your WhatsApp account will become inactive and get deleted in 120 days. So this is what happens if you don’t accept WhatsApp privacy policy.

A Gun To The Head?

We understand that a platform needs to collect some data to function and offer the kind of integration WhatsApp offers. From placing food orders to getting movie tickets in my inbox, it is certainly convenient.

However, enforcing a WhatsApp business policy update to every user is unfair. The company can offer one-time permissions for collection and access to such data. That way, you can allow or decline sharing data with a particular business, even with WhatsApp.

Android and iOS offer one-time permissions for access to device location and other services. It is a tried and tested method, and it gives users control over when they want to share their data. From where I see it, WhatsApp is cutting off basic features to make users accept a policy that can and should be entirely optional.

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    Qu’arrivera-t-il le 15 mai si vous n’acceptez pas les nouvelles conditions de WhatsApp ?

    news.movim.eu / Numerama · Monday, 22 February - 11:13

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WhatsApp a reporté au 15 mai l'entrée en vigueur de ses nouvelles conditions d'utilisation. Des conséquences se produiront au-delà de cette date pour les personnes qui ne les acceptent pas. [Lire la suite]

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    WhatsApp : ce qui arrivera si vous n’acceptez pas les nouvelles CGU

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Monday, 22 February - 10:30 · 2 minutes

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Depuis l’annonce de la nouvelle politique de WhatsApp en matière de traitement de données, l’application est au cœur d’une polémique. Longtemps promue comme une alternative plus sécurisée à Messenger, elle est aujourd’hui largement délaissée, au profit de Signal par exemple. Une situation que la filiale de Facebook tente de contre-balancer depuis plusieurs semaines. À coup de communiqués de presse et de post explicatifs, la messagerie cryptée donne plus de détails sur son changement de conditions générales d’utilisation. Sur son site, la firme annonce que les conversations resteront chiffrées de bout en bout, et que ni WhatsApp, ni Facebook ne pourront en lire le contenu. En revanche, les nouveaux outils déployés par la plateforme pour discuter avec des entreprises, ou acheter des produits, serviront à proposer une publicité plus ciblée à partir des informations de vos habitudes de consommation . Elle les partagera ensuite avec Facebook.

Qu’arrivera-t-il aux utilisateurs qui refusent de s’y soumettre ?

Pour utiliser un service ou une application, l’utilisateur doit accepter les conditions générales d’utilisation. Lorsqu’elles changent, il doit à nouveau s’y soumettre pour continuer d’en bénéficier. Dans le cas de WhatsApp, la filiale de Facebook donnera quelques mois aux utilisateurs pour accepter. Ils auront jusqu’au 15 mai prochain pour le faire. Une fois cette date passée, et si l’utilisateur refuse toujours d’accepter, il ne sera plus possible de profiter de l’ensemble des fonctionnalités de la messagerie. « Pendant une courte période, ces utilisateurs pourront recevoir des appels et des notifications, mais ne pourront ni lire, ni envoyer de messages depuis l’application » explique WhatsApp sur son blog. À terme, Facebook pourrait même désactiver les comptes des réfractaires, selon sa politique sur les utilisateurs inactifs. Concrètement, les usagers de WhatsApp ne pourront plus utiliser leur compte après 120 jours d’inactivité. Si WhatsApp trône fièrement parmi les applications de messagerie les plus populaires, plus de 2 milliards d’utilisateurs dans le monde, la polémique autour de ce changement de CGU pourrait mettre à mal sa position dominante. Ils sont déjà nombreux à avoir troqué la filiale de Facebook pour des alternatives plus respectueuse de la vie privée. Signal , promue par Elon Musk, a vu sa cote de popularité exploser depuis l’annonce des changements de CGU. Mais toutes les offres ne se valent pas ? Pour mieux saisir ce que font les différentes applications de vos données, vous pouvez consulter notre dossier consacré à Signal, WhatsApp et Telegram à cette adresse .

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WhatsApp : ce qui arrivera si vous n’acceptez pas les nouvelles CGU

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    WhatsApp tente de retenir ses utilisateurs en donnant plus de détails sur ses nouvelles CGU

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · Friday, 19 February - 19:00 · 1 minute

Crédits : WhatsApp

Depuis l’annonce de son changement de conditions générales d’utilisation, WhatsApp a vu ses utilisateurs quitter le navire pour d’autres alternatives plus sécurisées, comme Signal par exemple , la plateforme préférée d’Elon Musk et Edward Snowden. Une situation plutôt compliquée pour l’entreprise, qui tente maladroitement de réagir en multipliant les coups de communication rassurants. Après avoir tenté de clarifier ses CGU sur Twitter, la plateforme avait plaidoyé via sa fonctionnalité Statut , afin de promettre à ses utilisateurs qu’elle ne serait jamais en mesure de lire les échanges privés entre deux contacts. Cette fois, c’est sur son blog que WhatsApp a publié un long article explicatif, destiné à apporter quelques précisions supplémentaires concernant son avenir proche.

Stopper la “désinformation”

Afin de mettre une bonne fois pour toutes les choses au clair concernant sa nouvelle politique de confidentialité, WhatsApp a semble-t-il cette fois décidée de jouer la carte de la transparence et de la pédagogie. Concrètement, l’entreprise a à nouveau martelé que les conversations entre utilisateurs resteraient chiffrées de bout en bout, et que ni elle, ni sa maison-mère Facebook ne pourraient y avoir accès, de même que les conversations téléphoniques. Dans son changement de CGU, WhatsApp fait en réalité référence aux nouveaux outils déployés par la plateforme pour discuter avec des entreprises , ou acheter directement un produit. C’est uniquement via ce biais que la plateforme sera ainsi capable de récupérer des informations sur vos habitudes de consommation, et qu’elle pourra ensuite les partager avec Facebook pour “améliorer” le ciblage publicitaire.

WhatsApp attaque la concurrence

Bien décidée à ne pas se laisser enterrer aussi facilement, WhatsApp a également pris les armes, en attaquant au passage les applications concurrentes. À commencer par Telegram , qui a fait du cryptage des conversations son fer-de-lance… mais ne propose pas de chiffrement de bout en bout par défaut.

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    WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Take 2: Sorry But Not Sorry

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Friday, 19 February - 12:18 · 3 minutes

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The WhatsApp privacy policy update debate is back on the roll. It is so because the company is yet again attempting to roll out the update. Although this time with much more clarity, the policies remain pretty much the same, and the questions remain unanswered.

The company announced in the past that it will attempt a second rollout. Since we already know about the WhatsApp privacy policy update for WhatsApp business, you can read about them in detail here . What’s new is that this time, WhatsApp is unapologetic about the policy, and has issued clarifications from its end. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

WhatsApp Privacy Policy: Attitude Adjustment

WhatsApp privacy policy update is coming with more clarification A screenshot of the new in-app banners on WhatsApp privacy policy. Image: WhatsApp

One of the major things we saw this time is an attitude change in the way WhatsApp is updating its terms. You’ll soon see banners in WhatsApp, clarifying the new privacy policy. In the past too, we’ve seen WhatsApp status defending its new terms of services.

While the new policy applies majorly to WhatsApp business accounts only, it needs your consent whenever you chat with a business account. According to WhatsApp, the new policy allows businesses to use Facebook to manage inventory across platforms. Also, it will let WhatsApp business account holders generate automated replies for some queries.

For instance, when you book movie tickets with your mobile number, you can now receive those tickets on WhatsApp. It is an auto-generated message and it is convenient to be able to use those tickets from your inbox. Aside from these changes, there’s not much that directly addresses businesses or customers.

However, Facebook’s ownership of WhatsApp also means that your WhatsApp data will be used to target ads on Facebook. A simple example of this is when you interact with a business on WhatsApp, you’re likely to see similar “relevant” ads on Facebook and Instagram.

The Unanswered Questions

We can appreciate Facebook and WhatsApp for this second attempt at updating the policies. The company is trying to counter any confusion around it which is good. What it lacks, is a clarification on how it will treat certain business accounts.

Let’s assume a doctor or a lawyer is using a WhatsApp business account with Facebook integration to manage appointments. So far, it was clear that a doctor-patient chat or a client-attorney conversation is privileged information. This means it cannot be seen by any third-party.

But with the policy update, the automation is likely to feed some data to Facebook and WhatsApp. There are concerns around the privacy of doctor-patient and client-attorney conversations. If there’s any possibility of the private chats being monitor, it needs to be addressed.

We’ve reached out to WhatsApp for a comment on the matter and will update the story if they respond. Till then, it isn’t clear how encryption will work for doctors, lawyers, and other personnel using WhatsApp business and accepting the new policy.

WhatsApp To Telegram And Signal: Not Taking Names But Kicking It

In a recent blog post about WhatsApp privacy policy update, the company briefly talked about alternatives. The post reads, “We understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer. We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages.”

Here, the platform is referring to alternatives like Telegram and Signal, which became popular as people didn’t want to accept the new terms of services by WhatsApp. The company said that it wants to make its apps safe and reliable, hence requires some data to do so.

We also partially agree with this. WhatsApp has indeed grown into a simple and powerful app in the past few years. However, the new policy that shares user’s data with Facebook to target ads is somewhere out of tune with WhatsApp as we know it.

The post WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Take 2: Sorry But Not Sorry appeared first on Fossbytes .

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    WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Take 2: Sorry But Not Sorry

    pubsub.dcentralisedmedia.com / FossBytes · Friday, 19 February - 12:18 · 3 minutes

WhatsApp privacy policy update second rollout featured image

The WhatsApp privacy policy update debate is back on the roll. It is so because the company is yet again attempting to roll out the update. Although this time with much more clarity, the policies remain pretty much the same, and the questions remain unanswered.

The company announced in the past that it will attempt a second rollout. Since we already know about the WhatsApp privacy policy update for WhatsApp business, you can read about them in detail here . What’s new is that this time, WhatsApp is unapologetic about the policy, and has issued clarifications from its end. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

WhatsApp Privacy Policy: Attitude Adjustment

WhatsApp privacy policy update is coming with more clarification A screenshot of the new in-app banners on WhatsApp privacy policy. Image: WhatsApp

One of the major things we saw this time is an attitude change in the way WhatsApp is updating its terms. You’ll soon see banners in WhatsApp, clarifying the new privacy policy. In the past too, we’ve seen WhatsApp status defending its new terms of services.

While the new policy applies majorly to WhatsApp business accounts only, it needs your consent whenever you chat with a business account. According to WhatsApp, the new policy allows businesses to use Facebook to manage inventory across platforms. Also, it will let WhatsApp business account holders generate automated replies for some queries.

For instance, when you book movie tickets with your mobile number, you can now receive those tickets on WhatsApp. It is an auto-generated message and it is convenient to be able to use those tickets from your inbox. Aside from these changes, there’s not much that directly addresses businesses or customers.

However, Facebook’s ownership of WhatsApp also means that your WhatsApp data will be used to target ads on Facebook. A simple example of this is when you interact with a business on WhatsApp, you’re likely to see similar “relevant” ads on Facebook and Instagram.

The Unanswered Questions

We can appreciate Facebook and WhatsApp for this second attempt at updating the policies. The company is trying to counter any confusion around it which is good. What it lacks, is a clarification on how it will treat certain business accounts.

Let’s assume a doctor or a lawyer is using a WhatsApp business account with Facebook integration to manage appointments. So far, it was clear that a doctor-patient chat or a client-attorney conversation is privileged information. This means it cannot be seen by any third-party.

But with the policy update, the automation is likely to feed some data to Facebook and WhatsApp. There are concerns around the privacy of doctor-patient and client-attorney conversations. If there’s any possibility of the private chats being monitor, it needs to be addressed.

We’ve reached out to WhatsApp for a comment on the matter and will update the story if they respond. Till then, it isn’t clear how encryption will work for doctors, lawyers, and other personnel using WhatsApp business and accepting the new policy.

WhatsApp To Telegram And Signal: Not Taking Names But Kicking It

In a recent blog post about WhatsApp privacy policy update, the company briefly talked about alternatives. The post reads, “We understand some people may check out other apps to see what they have to offer. We’ve seen some of our competitors try to get away with claiming they can’t see people’s messages.”

Here, the platform is referring to alternatives like Telegram and Signal, which became popular as people didn’t want to accept the new terms of services by WhatsApp. The company said that it wants to make its apps safe and reliable, hence requires some data to do so.

We also partially agree with this. WhatsApp has indeed grown into a simple and powerful app in the past few years. However, the new policy that shares user’s data with Facebook to target ads is somewhere out of tune with WhatsApp as we know it.

The post WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update Take 2: Sorry But Not Sorry appeared first on Fossbytes .

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    How to Ditch WhatsApp for Good

    pubsub.dcentralisedmedia.com / LifehackerAustralia · Sunday, 14 February - 21:29 · 1 minute

If you use WhatsApp, the incredibly popular messaging app owned by Facebook, chances are you’ve encountered the news surrounding their ever-changing privacy policy. While the service seems to continually shift from more to secure to less secure and back again, you may feel like it’s time to pack up your data and find a new platform to chat with friends.

If you choose to remove yourself from WhatsApp, here’s what you’ll want to do:

To export your messages, tap on the chat you want to save. Tap on the name of the chat at the top and scroll down to “Export Chat,” and then choose whether or not you want to include the media from the chat with it.

Then request your account data by going to “Settings” in the bottom right corner. Then choose “Account” and “Request Account Info”. It will take about three days to receive your data report from WhatsApp, but they’ll notify you when it’s ready.

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Finally, to delete your account, go to “Settings,” then “Account,” and “Delete My Account”. Doing so will erase your message history, remove you from all groups, and delete your backup. Now you’re free and clear of WhatsApp, and just need to convince your friends and family to migrate to a different app.

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