Will Cathcart, one of the WhatsApp executives, made statements about the most discussed issue of the last days, the Privacy Principles. The statements made by Cathcart are the answers to many questions that have not been understood until today.
Question 1: How does this update affect WhatsApp’s relationship with Facebook?
This update does not change WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook. Wherever they are in the world, it does not affect how people communicate privately with friends or family.
As WhatsApp, we attach great importance to protecting people’s privacy and share their privacy policies with our users. We communicate directly with our users on WhatsApp about these changes to allow them a month to review the new policy.
Question 2: Will Facebook have access to WhatsApp messages with this update?
Conversations and messages you make with friends and family on WhatsApp are protected with end-to-end encryption.
End-to-end encryption ensures that the photo, audio recording, video or message you send is only read / listened to by you and the person you are talking to.
Third parties, not even WhatsApp or Facebook, cannot view these content.
This is because, thanks to end-to-end encryption, your messages are secured with a lock, and only the receiver and you have the ability to unlock and read it.
Question 3: What is the purpose of WhatsApp in this update?
While most people use WhatsApp to chat with friends and family, more and more people are reaching businesses via WhatsApp as well.
In this way, businesses will have the option to receive secure hosting through our parent company Facebook.
However, people who prefer not to message or communicate with businesses on WhatsApp will not be affected by this change.
Question : What will happen on February 8?
The update does not change WhatsApp’s sharing of data with Facebook and does not affect how people communicate privately with friends or family wherever they are in the world.
All users who want to continue using WhatsApp must agree to the new terms of service by February 8.
All users who want to continue using WhatsApp will be able to continue their use by confirming the current service conditions.