Federal Government clarities position on the new privacy policy of WhatsApp

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Federal Government clarities position on the new privacy policy of WhatsApp

The government has issued a clarification given the concerns of the general public on the recently announced changes in the privacy policy of WhatsApp, saying that subject changes in privacy are applicable on WhatsApp business account only while regular non-business/individual accounts are not affected.

According to the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOIT&T) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), users who have not accepted the new policies by February 8, 2021, will not lose their accounts but will need to agree to the updates to use their account.

The Ministry has stated that concerning on-going news threads by national media and social media platforms regarding the change in privacy terms and conditions of WhatsApp, the Ministry of IT & Telecom is monitoring the current developments and clarifications provided by Facebook Inc. in this regard. ------------------------------

MOIT&T emphasized that all such digital social media platforms, including WhatsApp administration, to adhere to the privacy rights of citizens of Pakistan. In this regard, all such digital platforms need to strengthen their engagements with the Government of Pakistan so that concerns of the general public and businesses can be well addressed by all means.

According to officials statements keeping in view the concerns of the general public regarding recently announced changes in the privacy policy of the WhatsApp, following clarifications have been provided by WhatsApp and Facebook:

The updated Privacy Policy will go into effect on February 8, 2021, the rationale for the changes in the WhatsApp privacy policy is to make it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp. This update does not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family.

WhatsApp is still end-to-end encrypted, WhatsApp shares certain categories of data, including account registration information (e.g., phone number), how users interact with others (including businesses), and the user’s IP address with Facebook for purposes, such as promoting safety and integrity, fighting spam, improving infrastructure, and delivery systems, and providing integrations, which enable users to connect their WhatsApp experiences with other Facebook company products and personalizing content (including ads and friend suggestions) across the Facebook Company Products.

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