WhatsApp updates Terms of Service: Accept it or your account will be deleted
As far as the specifics are concerned, WhatsApp has also updated its website that gives people detailed information as to what exactly is changing. One of the many changes that the company has made pertains to the information that it collects. “When a user forwards media within a message, we store that media temporarily in encrypted form on our servers to aid in more efficient delivery of additional forwards,” WhatsApp wrote. This section was missing the previous edition that was last updated in December 2019.
The company has also updated details about a user's connections. “ If any of your contacts aren't yet using our Services, we'll manage this information for you in a way that ensures those contacts cannot be identified by us,” the company added.
In addition to this, WhatsApp has also detailed how it processes ‘device and connection information' and ‘location information'. “We collect device and connection-specific information when you install, access, or use our Services. This includes information such as hardware model, operating system information, battery level, signal strength, app version, browser information, mobile network, connection information (including phone number, mobile operator or ISP), language and time zone, IP address, device operations information, and identifiers,” WhatsApp wrote.
“We collect and use precise location information from your device with your permission when you choose to use location-related features, like when you decide to share your location with your contacts or view locations nearby or locations others have shared with you,” the company added.
In addition to this, WhatsApp has also renamed its ‘Affiliated Companies' section to ‘How We Work With Other Facebook Companies'. In the updated section, WhatsApp shares in detail how the collaboration works and affects its day-to-day workings. This also marks a significant shift in Facebook's approach towards its companies from being individual entities to being a part of the company' family of apps.