However, messages or any other form of communication between users is still end-to-end encrypted, which means that not even WhatsApp can access such information. The end-to-end encryption that WhatsApp uses was praised by independent privacy experts, so the users may rest assured that their communications will remain private.
Nonetheless, other mentioned data will be shared with not only the Facebook family of companies but also with third parties where applicable.
Delays due to Backlash
WhatsApp has since published a blog post, stating the following: “We’ve heard from so many people how much confusion there is around about our recent update. There has been a lot of misinformation causing concern and we want to help everyone to understand our principles and the facts.”
It remains to be seen if any further clarifications will be provided in the meantime. Nonetheless, both Facebook, as a parent company, and WhatsApp have stated their commitment to protecting their users’ personal data and will place privacy at the forefront of their business going forward.
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By Katarina Zivkovic, Senior Associate, and Dragan Martin, Junior Associate, Samardzic, Oreski & Grbovic