Kathakali Dutta is a second semester student of the Master of Communication and Journalism (Integrated) programme at the School of Mass Communication, KIIT Deemed University, Bhubaneswar.
Why is it a big deal?
This new privacy update has landed WhatsApp in several court cases as well. A notice was issued in the Supreme Court that has asked how is the user's privacy being protected and questioned the rolling out of revised policies.
However, WhatsApp had said that the messages of the users are safe and the calls are end-to-end encrypted. Therefore, they are not vulnerable to exposure and the contacts remain safe. They also affirmed that the messages in WhatsApp can be neither read by WhatsApp or Facebook and the idea behind collecting additional data is only to show relevant advertisements.
When charged, WhatsApp also said that many other applications that we use on a daily basis also do the same. It reacted to criticism over privacy, alleging Zomato, Ola, Aarogya Setu etc to collect the same amount of data or even more.
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