PTA issues Statement on WhatsApp Privacy Policy

PTA issues Statement on WhatsApp Privacy Policy

  • PTA shares WhatsApp’s clarification following concerns by general public
  • “Rationale for policy is to make it easier for people to do business on WhatsApp,” PTA says quoting the messaging app.
  • The new privacy policy will have zero impact on private messages and calls with your friends and family, according to WhatsApp.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday issued a statement regarding WhatsApp’s new terms of service following growing concern regarding the messaging service.

In a series of Tweets, the telecom regulator shared a clarification by Facebook and WhatsApp in view of the “concerns by general public”.

The PTA stated that the privacy policy will come into effect on February 8, of this year.

“The rationale for the changes in the WhatsApp privacy policy is to make it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business directly on WhatsApp,” explained the PTA.

The authority assured the citizens that the new terms of service “do not impact how people communicate privately with friends or family. It added that WhatsApp remains end-to-end encrypted.

“WhatsApp shares certain categories of data – including account registration information (e.g. phone number), how users interact with others (including businesses), and the user’s IP address-with Facebook for purposes such as promoting safety and integrity, fighting spam improving infrastructure & delivery systems, & providing integrations which enable users to connect their WhatsApp experiences with other Facebook Company Products and personalizing content (including ads & friend suggestions) across the Facebook Company Products,” said the PTA.

The regulator said that through the new terms of service WhatsApp is making it easier for people to both make a purchase and get help from a business by communicating directly on WhatsApp.