Within the framework of new WhatsApp terms and conditions, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has shared a couple of tips for users to protect their privacy and personal data.
Through its social media account, the Commission recalled that the conditions of use of the application will change this year, and that it is a people’s right to maintain their privacy.
He noted that with the measures that will come into effect, Facebook will be able to collect information through WhatsApp, such as:
– Phone number
– Geolocation data (IP)
– Bank information
– Contacts folder
– Information about the connection
1.- Download messaging applications with security and privacy options
2.- Review the permissions granted through the application settings
On January 4, the platform sent a message to all its customers warning three main changes in their usage policies, and that from them, Facebook companies will be able to access private data.
This situation alerted all users who soon began to investigate in detail what the changes would be and how they would affect them, finding that their data will indeed be saved and used for service improvements.
WhatsApp stated in its conditions that the collection of information is intended to “operate and provide its services, such as technical support, complete purchases or transactions”, to continue: “Improve, correct and personalize our services, as well as connect them with products of Facebook companies ”.
Since some points gave permission for ambiguity, netizens began to strongly criticize the new policies, which also have a deadline, and if they do not accept them, the application will not be able to be used.
Organizations such as the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) joined the voice of users, warning of the implications that the new policies will have.
“By accepting, Users will allow WhatsApp to share certain data so that technology service providers such as Facebook or third parties can have access to them and even that the contractors of these services can store them through the services provided.”Informed the INAI.
According to the INAI, with the exception of the conversations made through WhatsApp, Facebook may share the information received from the application with some companies to send personalized announcements.
Faced with the warnings about the new conditions of use, WhatsApp came out to face, firstly to ensure that the data collected would not be seen by Facebook and then postponing the day the new terms were entered, ensuring that they want their customers to have enough time to decide whether to accept them or not.
“We’re postponing the date people will be asked to review and accept the new terms”Said the platform.
The new service standards were scheduled to go into effect on February 8, but now the company aspires to be able to do so on 15 th of May.