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Technology from 15 May: What the new privacy policy at WhatsApp for users mean

09:45  12 may  2021
09:45  12 may  2021 Source:   ksta.de

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at WhatsApp will apply from this Saturday to new privacy conditions. Critics warn against new possibilities for data exchange with the Facebook Group nut. WhatsApp denies that and emphasizes it's about putting the base for more communication with companies. At the same time, the Hamburg data protectinger Johannes Caspar wants to have a word. Details in questions and answers:

Bei WhatsApp gelten ab dem 15. Mai neue Datenschutz-Bedingungen. (Symbolbild) © Picture Alliance / dpa / dpa-TMN For WhatsApp, new privacy conditions apply from 15 May. (Symbol image)

What happens on May 15?

WhatsApp wants to put his new privacy policy. Contrary to earlier announcements, users who have not agreed to the update can continue to access the chat service initially without restrictions. A few weeks later, the functionality for you will shrink gradually.

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What do these users have to expect?

First, you will not be able to access your chat list, as WhatsApp explained in a blog entry. But then you will then accept incoming audio and video calls and can also answer chat messages through notifications. A few more weeks later, WhatsApp will not send neither calls nor messages to the user's smartphones. All this time, users are to be reminded again and again to agree to the changes.

What is the changes?

WhatsApp always stressed that the update does not provide advanced data transfer to Facebook. The changes are above all about creating better opportunities for communication with companies. Even at the end-to-end encryption, with the chat content only visible to the participating users in plain text, will not be shaken. Since 2016, some WhatsApp user data has been floating outside the EU on Facebook, advertising purposes or improving products.

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At the same time, WhatsApp itself emphasized that the exchange of news with companies was different than with family or friends. "If you communicate with a company via telephone, e-mail or whatsApp, it can use the information from these interactions with you for your own marketing purposes. This can also include advertising on Facebook, "it said in an explanation.

Why then the excitement - also in Germany?

Since announcement of the changes in January, warnings make a stronger data exchange with the Facebook Facebook for restlessness for users - despite the Dementis of WhatsApp. it hailed criticism, users emigrated to other messengers. The company postponed the introduction of the new rules planned for February for a good three months. Meanwhile, the Hamburg data protectinger Johannes Caspar became active. However, he can only intervene limited because the Irish Data Protection Authority is responsible for Facebook.

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What does Caspar do?

The Hamburg data protectinger has adopted an arrangement in which Facebook is prohibited to use data from WhatsApp for its own purposes. He warns that the new rules opened the door for a stronger data exchange with other Facebook companies. WhatsApp counters that the order is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the goal and consequences of the update "and will not stop the introduction of the new rules.

Why is Facebook accepting the whole trouble?

The world's largest online network took over WhatsApp 2014 for around 22 billion dollars at the end. With this purchase price Facebook took a potential rivals from the market, but the service has so far contributed little to the consolidated profit. At times, advertising has been reflected in the Stories area of ​​WhatsApp, where users can share photos and videos for a day with their contacts. The idea was then placed on ice. The current plan is to earn money when companies communicate with their customers about WhatsApp - the policy change is a prerequisite for this. (dpa)

Survey: Great majority uses WhatsApp to Data Protection Dispute .
The monthly controversy around the new privacy rules at WhatsApp has only low consequences for Facebook's chat service in Germany. In a survey on behalf of the German Press Agency, 79 percent stated that they have the app on their smartphone and also use them. Half of the WhatsApp users (52 percent) already approved the new provisions entered in mid-May. At the same time, 13 percent stated that they pretend to delete the app.

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