Get Ready for SPAM: Whatsapp to Give User Data to Businesses

WhatsApp is going to integrate business services into its app before the year’s end, stated the company in a new privacy policy. This decision opens up a potential revenue stream for the app as the company is likely to charge businesses for the service.

The policy will allow companies to send messages to the users via WhatsApp, just like it is done nowadays with SMS.

What Type of Services?

The largest messaging platform says that they are changing their terms and privacy policy for the first time in 4 years.

The company first announced its intentions of integration with businesses earlier this year in January. Back then, they hadn’t even started testing it. The policy has now changed and it means that it is now open for testing and will most probably be open to businesses soon enough.

WhatsApp is planning to test out these new services in the coming months. The services would include stuff like receiving messages from your bank informing you about a recent transaction or deposit, or an airline informing you of a flight delay or cancellation.

“But I Hate Spam!”

Not a problem, WhatsApp addressed this issue too.

We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam

WhatsApp maintains that users still won’t be spammed because of this service and neither will they receive third-party advertisements from various businesses. Spam does not always mean sending lots and lots of messages to users, messages such as “an offer that might interest you” and other marketing messages also fall into the category of spam, and WhatsApp wasn’t clear about this.

WhatsApp cares about your security and privacy too, as seen from the following quote:

Your encrypted messages stay private and no one else can read them. Not WhatsApp, not Facebook, nor anyone else. We won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others, including on Facebook, and we still won’t sell, share, or give your phone number to advertisers.

WhatsApp was also quick to remind people that with its end-to-end encryption, their messages are safe and cannot be read by anyone, not even by WhatsApp.

Also Read: Here is How to Stop Whatsapp from Sharing Your Data with Facebook/Businesses

  • Every service have some running cost. If you don’t pay it in cash, you have to pay it by other means. So you should be mentally ready for such things while using these services.

  • If you have to use whatsapp then you have to accept their terms and conditions otherwise dont use it.

  • If whatsapp is allowing you to interact with businesses it doesn’t mean it would be spam. It might be useful to get notifications about your bank account, unauthorized activity notification etc.

  • Welcome people to the new era of Whatsapp! Ab Yahan Bhi Saba AYe gi Load Leny! As well as Benzir support! LOL! No problem! It is time to make an app to block such messages other than your contacts, of course, your app will grow. I’m not an app developer, otherwise I would make :D

  • Banks se transaction ka msg ya airline se flight delay ka msg kabse spam me ane lag gya ? Cyber Crime Bill ane se ap k dimag pe to koi asar ni para ?

  • Guys not only whatsapp but other social media apps like fcbk r continiuesly sharing their users info to third party domains without their permission.
    To avoid it recommend 2 tips.
    1st:from Data setting turn on option of Restrict background data.
    2nd;Install Data usage monitor to get real time info about stealthy apps out there.

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