What’s behind WhatsApp’s new terms of service?
Major changes – two points
What is behind this?
Speculation about the new terms and conditions has been rife in the meantime. Concerns were expressed that WhatsApp passes on to Facebook, for example, to improve the advertising measures here. If you look at the whole thing more closely, the point with the cooperation with Facebook companies has definitely been revised. However, this point is intended to fight spam and abuse, more precisely it says: “to promote the security and integrity of all products of Facebook companies”. According to a statement, the information will be shared with other Facebook companies to provide, operate, improve and customize the services. This item is also intended to be used for marketing purposes. However, the following restriction, which has also been around for a while, is crucial: “None of the information WhatsApp shares on this basis may be used for the Facebook companies’ own purposes.” That is, Facebook receives certain information from WhatsApp users, but is not allowed to use it to improve its own ad system.
No changes for European users
From a data protection point of view, WhatsApp has always been at the back of the pack, unlike other apps. This should be well known. A lot of data has been stored by the service for years. All in all, the current changes for European users are not as dramatic as portrayed on the web. However, if you have decided that you no longer want to use the service. You can delete your account at any time under “Delete my account”. It will take up to 90 days until the information is deleted from the service.